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Shakirah Bourne is a Bajan author and filmmaker born and based in Barbados. She once shot a movie scene in a cave with bats during an earthquake, but is too scared to watch horror movies. She enjoys exploring old graveyards, daydreaming and eating mangoes. Learn more at shakirahbourne.com.

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Karen Lord is the author of Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her other works include the crime-fantasy novel Unraveling, and the science fiction trilogy The Best of All Possible Worlds, The Galaxy Game, and The Blue, Beautiful World. She edited the anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean.

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