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Bookslinger Update: “Professor Helen C. Anderson”

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9781566893473This week’s story comes from the collection of elegantly simple fairy tales where nonsense is as commonplace as violence from author Kate Bernheimer, published by Coffee House Press. Elegant and brutal, the stories in Kate Bernheimer’s latest collection occupy a heightened landscape, where the familiar cedes to the grotesque and nonsense just as often devolves into terror. These are fairy tales out of time, renewing classic stories we think we know, like one of Bernheimer’s girls, whose hands of steel turn to flowers, leaving her beautiful but alone.

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Bookslinger Update: “Nephilim”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from Rise by L. Annette Binder, published by Sarabande Books. The stories in Rise are fairytales, except that the witch, lucky Hans, and the frog prince are characters at the fringes of everyday life. There are rockets, swells of starlings, and children who disappear into thin air. L. Annette Binder writes magical tales with authority and restraint, and we believe her stories, every one.

“Binder has gone so deeply, and with such mystical brilliance and loyalty, into her own world that she has brought mine to me in high relief. She both casts a spell and breaks it. To experience Rise is to experience wonder.”
—Laura Kasischke

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Bookslinger Update: “Neverday: The Grateful Sprites”

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This week’s story is from The Reasonable Ogre by Mike Barnes with illustrations by Segbingway, published by Biblioasis. In the world of The Reasonable Ogre, magic is nothing if not paradoxical. Ogres can indeed be reasonable, prisons may prove porous, gifts often come disguised as curses, and springs gone dry are only waiting to resurface. At once comic and moving, troubling and restorative, Mike Barnes’s original stories are here to remind us that fairy tales aren’t about the happily-ever-after: they’re about the strange detours we take trying to get there. With seventy drawings from the striking brush of Segbingway.

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