Malka Older & The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

02/13/2024 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM America/Chicago Timezone

Tubby & Coo’s Book Shop is pleased to host a virtual event with Malka Older to celebrate the release of The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles! Malka will be interviewed by influencer Lupita Reads. This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast.

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Book cover for The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles
The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles by Malka Older, $20.99

About the Book


Investigator Mossa and Scholar Pleiti reunite to solve a new mystery in the follow-up to the cozy space-opera detective mystery The Mimicking of Known Successes, which Hugo Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders called “an utter triumph.”

Mossa has returned to Valdegeld on a missing person’s case, for which she’ll once again need Pleiti’s insight. Seventeen students and staff members have disappeared from Valdegeld University–yet no one has noticed. The answers to this case may lie on the moon of Io–Mossa’s home–and the history of Jupiter’s original settlements during humanity’s exodus from Earth.

But Pleiti’s faith in her life’s work as a scholar of the past has grown precarious, and this new case threatens to further destabilize her dreams for humanity’s future, as well as her own.

The Investigations of Mossa and Pleiti
The Mimicking of Known Successes
The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

About the Author

Malka Older is an author, a humanitarian, a sociopunk, and a practitioner of speculative resistance and evidence-based creativity. Her political science fiction thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus ReviewsBook Riot, and The Washington Post, and with its sequels, Null States and State Tectonics, was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Series. Her new series of mysteries set on a gas giant planet, begins with the acclaimed The Mimicking of Known Successes and continues with The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles. She has also written numerous serials, short stories, poetry, and essays, and published the collection …And Other Disasters. She is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, where she teaches on predictive fictions and hosts the Science Fiction Sparkle Salon. Her opinions can be found in The New York TimesThe NationForeign Policy, and NBC THINK, among other places.

About Lupita Reads

Lupita Aquino – better known as @Lupita.Reads on Instagram and TikTok, passionately spreads her love for books online. Her vibrant platforms overflow with book recommendations and discussions, resonating with readers globally. She has also contributed her insightful book coverage to outlets such as like, Aster(ix) Literary Journal, She Reads, the Washington Independent Review of Books and many more. When she’s not reading or writing you can catch her visiting local bookstores and libraries with her son and wife.