With a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY declares R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES an outstanding debut novel
In a STARRED review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY praises R. B. Lemberg’s forthcoming THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES (not due until September, but available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller or direct from Tachyon).
Lemberg’s outstanding debut novel expands on the short stories of the Birdverse that they have been publishing for about a decade, most frequently in the lit mag Beneath Ceaseless Skies, drawing readers into a lush desert world and the two elders from different cultures navigating its wilds.
Andi C Buchanan at NERDS OF A FEATHER, FLOCK TOGETHER is really excited about the book.
2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?
Oh no, this whole interview is going to have to be about choosing just one, isn’t it? I am very much looking forward to R.B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES. I’ve been following Lemberg’s shorter work for a number of years; it’s beautiful and warm and comforting, and hopeful without falling into the trap of skirting tougher issues or minimising them. The Birdverse verse (of which THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is a part) is filled with people you don’t find as often as one might like in fiction, and yet resonate so strongly for me. I’m really excited about seeing what Lemberg does at novella length.
Lemberg recently participated in their first REDDIT AMA at r/Fantasy.
Hello R.B.! I am excited to see The Four Profound Weaves coming out this fall. Could you talk a bit about the book?
AMA Author R.B. Lemberg
Thank you so much for the question! I think at its heart this book is about hope and death – it’s about two older people who essentially gave up on their lives but are now coming into their own, discovering the heart of their art, becoming heroes.
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES follows two trans people in their sixties, who have alternating viewpoints. The nameless man is a trans man who has finally transitioned after forty years of wanting to do so, but being unable to do so because of pressure from his society and his loved ones. Uiziya, one of the friends who helped the nameless man transition, comes from a culture where being trans is not a big deal, and transitions are celebratory events. Uiziya is a trans woman who transitioned as a child. She is a weaver from a lineage of famous weavers, most importantly her aunt, Benesret, who was teaching her the secrets of the desert’s four profound weaves: change, wanderlust, hope, and death. But Benesret was exiled before she could finish teaching Uiziya. The two MCs begin a journey to find Benesret: Uiziya wants Benesret to finish teaching her, and the nameless man wants Benesret to give him a new name. Thus begins a journey that ultimately will lead them back to the nameless man’s home city on the edge of the desert. There, they must confront the sinister ruler of that city, the Collector, who hoards art and the bones of the women he murders.
With deep, meaningful prose, R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is a beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage
Though months from publication, R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES continues to excite.
For LIBRARY JOURNAL, Kristi Chadwick praises the novella.
Nebula-nominated Lemberg’s first novella, set in their deeply queer “Birdverse” universe, presents a beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage. Centering two older transgender protagonists in the midst of emotional and physical journeys highlights the deep, meaningful prose that Lemberg always brings to their stories.
BLACK FOREST BASILISKS awards the book 5 stars.
R. B. Lemberg’s first foray into long-form fiction has left me breathless. The Four Profound Weaves is a love ballad sung straight into the hearts of those who most need to hear it. I was instantly captivated by the poetic, lyrical prose and drawn in with dreams of sandbirds. It’s the queer, Middle-Eastern fairy tale we’ve been waiting for.
A. C. Wise on her eponymous site concurs.
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is a beautiful novella. I would be remiss if I failed to mention that as a physical object, the book is beautiful too. The interior illustrations by Elizabeth Story (who also designed the cover) are absolutely gorgeous, and the whole book just has a lovely, well laid out feel.
Ada Hoffman on their Patreon is looking forward to discussing the work.
I really have an embarrassment of riches right now, in terms of ARCs from non-neurotypical authors I love. The next few Autistic Book Party episodes will be drawn from these ARCs – Richard Ford Burley’s “Displacement,” R.B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, and possibly a new one from Ennis Bashe, although I haven’t confirmed that one.
The highly recommended R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES poetically holds a mirror to society
Advance praise for R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES keeps rolling in.
A BOOKISH READER lavishes praise upon the novella.
This story, very poetically, holds a mirror to society. It discusses the nuances of the trans experience and made me assess things I hadn’t previously known or understood. It has had a profound impact on me, made me feel even more compassionate towards transgender individuals. These are the kinds of stories the world needs more of. This is a story of self-discovery, of friendship, of community, of the power of compassion. I’ve really struggled to find the words to express my deep admiration for this work. Truly, this book should be added to the school curriculum. It’s a beautiful, complex story, and it really takes you on an emotional journey.
L. A. Lanquist at TRANS NARRATIVE echoes similar sentiments.
It was phenomenal and made me cry–sob, really–when nen-sasaïr described the sandbirds coming to him and the final song. I immediately recommended it to some trans friends of mine (with the caveat that this story deals with a great deal of heavy stuff; go check out the content warnings below!) and I would absolutely recommend The Four Profound Weaves to cisgender folks as well. This is a universe that will be sitting within me for some time, so it’s a good thing that there’s much more of the Birdverse out there to read!
But really, go read this story, tell it to your friends, and help us get to that future that we so desperately need.
LOST IN LITERATURE found the book impossible to ignore.
How am I supposed to ignore a synopsis like that? TRANS ELDERS DEFEATING EVIL VIA MYSTIC CRAFTS! This just all sounds absolutely stunning especially as we have a Non-Binary author. I really cannot wait to read it and have hunted it down on Net Galley and hope that I can get a review copy. If not it publishes the day after my birthday!
Though still months away from publication, R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES garners excitement.
Maria Haskins, on her eponymous site, praises the novella.
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is woven of beauty and words, pain and hope. It is a story to treasure and share.
BOOKENDS AND BAGENDS feels much the same.
From beginning to end and on every conceivable level I loved this novella. I loved the writing, the thought-provoking themes, the concepts that are so removed from the type of fantasy I usually read and a story that is told by a voice that I have never heard before.
ASIANA CIRCUS includes the book in 16 Best Fantasy books that will give you serious wanderlust.
As the nameless man travels through the desert and visits mysterious cities while accepting and discovering himself and others will inspire and motivate you to do the same.
Join Guest of Honor Kameron Hurley and the acclaimed R. B. Lemberg at Confusion, January 16-19 in Detroit, MI.
In addition to being the longest-running fan-run SF/F convention in Michigan, ConFusion is a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike. It is hailed as a place to experience programming and guests on the caliber you find at a WorldCon, while located in a convenient and affordable setting.What is ConFusion?
Pro Guest of Honor: Kameron Hurley
Creative Guest of Honor: Brandon O’Brien
Fan Guest of Honor: Bogi Takács
Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Julie Lesnik
Hurley and Lemberg are participating in several events at the convention.
|Managing and Overcoming Professional Burnout||Fri, 1pm||Panelists: Marissa Lingen (M), Pablo Defendini, Ken Schrader, Kameron Hurley|
|Reading||Fri, 2pm||Bogi Takács and R.B. Lemberg|
|Avoiding Muddled Messes in World-Building||Fri, 6pm||Panelists: Sarah E Gibbons (M), Cherie Melinda Priest, Tracy Townsend, J. Zachary Pike, R.B. Lemberg|
|Ready, Steady, Flash!||Fri, 6pm||Panelists: Lee Harris (M), Brandon Crilly, Seanan McGuire, Stephanie Malia Morris, Kameron Hurley|
|Opening Ceremonies||Fri, 7PM||Panelists: Lithie Dubois (M), Seanan McGuire, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley, Bogi Takács, Brandon O’Brien, Dr. Julie Lesnik|
|Evolving Visions of Toxic Masculinity||Sat, 10am||Panelists: Jason Sanford (M), Marsalis, Jim C. Hines, Kameron Hurley, Brandon O’Brien|
|Emotional Non-Violence In Fiction||Sat, 11am||Panelists: E.D.E. Bell (M), Jason Sanford, R.B. Lemberg, Brandon O’Brien|
|Kaffeeklatsch||Sat, 11am||Kameron Hurley|
|Don’t Fridge The Messenger||Sat, 1pm||Panelists: Nora E. Derrington (M), E. Jade Lomax, K. Lynne O’Connor, Kameron Hurley|
|Masculinity and Trauma Recovery in Genre Fiction||Sat, 2pm||Panelists: Brandon O’Brien (M), Adam R. Shannon, dave ring, John Wiswell, R.B. Lemberg|
|The Art of Writing Non-Linear Narratives||Sat, 4pm||Panelists: E.D.E. Bell (M), Jason Sanford, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley|
|Black Gate Interview with Author GoH||Sun, 10am||Panelists: Brandon Crilly, Kameron Hurley|
|Closing Ceremonies||Sun, 3pm||Panelists: Lithie Dubois (M), Seanan McGuire, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley, Bogi Takács, Brandon O’Brien, Dr. Julie Lesnik|
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Excitement grows for R. B. Lemberg and their forthcoming THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES.
I don’t recall how exactly I discovered this one, but I’m so thankful that I did because it sounds incredible.EVERY BOOK A DOORWAY
In an interview with PEN AMERICA, Rivers Solomon mentioned Lemberg and THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES when asked “Which writers working today are you most excited by?”
I love R.B Lemberg, whose novella THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is forthcoming from Tachyon in 2020. Lyrical and unflinching.
On METAFILTER, Lemberg is mentioned several times in the conversations titled “3 months drinking from the firehose of trans literature/art/poetry/music.” In the beginning post, user protondonor list works by trans people in the order that they finished reading them. Interestingly enough the list begins with Lemberg’s “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” and finishes with Lemberg’s “The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar.”
In the ensuing comments, user thesmallmachine (aka Isaac R. Fellman) further elaborates on Lemberg.
Coming up next year, I’ve read ARC’s of Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, Daniel Ortberg (now Lavery)’s Something That May Shock and Discredit You, and Julian Jarboe’s Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, and so I can say with confidence that 2020 is gonna be a GREAT year for transmasc writing.
Tachyon tidbits featuring Peter S. Beagle, Jacob Weisman, Avram Davidson, James DeMaiolo, and David Ebenbach
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A collection of short stories all in some ways about unicorns, this anthology offers readers a variety of different fresh, exciting perspectives and engaging prose on the ages-old, and well known, mythical animal. Whilst there are a myriad of different authors chosen for this work, the collection of voices and styles edited together by Beagle and Weisman all sit seamlessly together, making an anthology that is consistently well-rounded and fresh as you flip from story to story.
A clean copy of a book proposal for a projected novel to be written by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis, based on an unpublished novella by Davidson (later published in a version attributed to Davidson and Davis by Tachyon in 1998) which evolved into an “enormous and unwieldy novel ms” by Davidson completed prior to 1988. The draft history of the earliest versions is a bit tangled. Davidson and Davis were represented by two different literary agents in earlier years. In his notes on the Davidson manuscript archive now in the Texas A&M library, Henry Wessells records an 87 page novella manuscript and a 563 novel manuscript (both unpublished), as well as a third version in collaboration with Grania Davis. So far, no novel version of this work has been published. In the Tachyon version, the text begins with the same line as the present manuscript, but is preceded by a three page prologue not present in this version, and ends with an entirely different line of text.More
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY praises SEA CHANGE by Nancy Kress.
Kress wisely keeps her global catastrophe on a human scale, eschewing superheroic action for tense realism. This urgent, deeply satisfying story is as tenacious and inspiring as its heroine.
This is one of R’s Birdverse stories, which I’ve recommended before. Their writing is lovely, their worldbuilding wonderful, their characters real and resonant. If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Birdverse yet, by all means do, and then be ready for this novella to come out next year.
I’ve read some things featuring Hap and Leonard before but wouldn’t say that I’m a massive fan. That may about to change because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Booksellers, librarians, and reviewers get R. B. Lemberg’s thoughtful and deeply moving THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES
Two transgender elders must learn to weave from Death itself in order to defeat an evil ruler—in the first full length tale set in R. B. Lemberg’s award-winning queer fantasy Birdverse universe
I am staggered by the richness and intricacy of R. B. Lemberg’s imagination. The Four Profound Weaves is an intense and emotional story of a journey of change, growth, and courage.”
—Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of the Court of Fives series
Wind: To match one’s body with one’s heart
Sand: To take the bearer where they wish
Song: In praise of the goddess Bird
Bone: To move unheard in the night
The Surun’ nomads do not speak of the master weaver, Benesret, who creates the cloth of bone for assassins in the Great Burri Desert. But aged Uiziya must find her aunt in order to learn the final weave, although the price for knowledge may be far too dear to pay.
Among the Khana in the springflower city of Iyar, women travel in caravans to trade, while men remain in the inner quarter, as scholars. A nameless man struggles to embody Khana masculinity, after many years of performing the life of a woman, trader, wife, and grandmother. As his past catches up, the man must choose between the life he dreamed of and Uiziya – while Uiziya must discover how to challenge the evil Ruler of Iyar, and to weave from deaths that matter.
In this breathtaking debut set in R. B. Lemberg’s beloved Birdverse, THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES hearkens to Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and offers a timeless chronicle of claiming one’s identity ina hostile world.More