Magic is real, and hungry—trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. Freshly awake to just what dangers are lurking, she joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

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A Bowl of Questions

Chatting with Brian Francis Slatterty

There isn’t a specific writing style that gets me, or plot, or characters. The ones I publish are the ones that I wake up the next morning still thinking about, the ones that pop into my head while I’m making coffee; the ones that change me in some subtle way.

From The Writers' Room

Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 5: “The Market Arcanum”

Internally, the writers divide up this season of Bookburners into four phases. Each phase is four episodes long, and every writer writes one episode per phase.

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New Episode! Bookburners Episode 5: “The Market Arcanum”

When a mysterious invite arrives in the mail and Father Menchu responds by whisking Sal off to Lichtenstein, the former cop is left on very new ground as she gets more than a glimpse at the broader world of magic users.

A Bowl of Questions

We have questions; Margaret Dunlap has answers

I love collaborating with other writers. It’s one of the things that drew me to writing for television in the first place. I mean, what better job is there than sitting around with a bunch of smart creative people and planning the lives of fictional characters as though they’re real?

From The Writers' Room

Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners Ep 4: “A Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

I love food. I don't mean in the gluttonous way and I don't mean in the foodie way.

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New Episode! Bookburners Episode 4: “A Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

Sal and Asanti leave the rest of the Team in the lurch when they jet off to Scotland to attend the funeral of the archivists’ mentor.

The One With

Mur Lafferty and Runner Five

I ran track in high school. Hated it. Was terrible at it.

From The Writers' Room

Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 3: “Fair Weather”

Coming out of the writer's retreat in Boston, some of the sixteen episodes of the first season were better defined than others. What I had for episode 3 was: Sal is homesick, introduce [the character who would become Aaron], and "Sal and Liam bang."

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New Episode! Bookburners Episode 3: “Fair Weather”

The Team saves on flight costs as the newest mystery happens around the corner.

A Bowl of Questions

Picking Max Gladstone’s Brain

The best part of collaborating—for me—is getting to pitch an idea to a room full of brilliant people and go “Hey! What do we think about…. THIS?” And then you see, in real time, whose eyes light up and whose go dead!

From The Writers' Room

Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners Ep 2: “Anywhere But Here”

In our initial writers’ meeting, Episode 2 was the one that no one wanted to do. Because I really wanted to do a particular episode later in the season (I won’t say which one), I said I would go for it. Team player or conniving jerk? You decide.

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New Episode! Bookburners Episode 2: “Anywhere But Here”

Sal Brooks, newest member of Team Three of the Societas Librium Occultorum, is settling into her job and apartment in Rome.

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