Small, Medium, and Large Stories: A Book Launch with Kij Johnson
Are small stories too small for you? Are large stories too large for you? Are medium stories just right? The Privilege of the Happy Ending: Small, Medium, and Large Stories has tales that come in all sizes—even Goldilocks would be pleased. Here you will encounter dreamlands, talking chickens, stranger beasts, and also the ghastly spectre of Toad Hall in narratives of ranging forms, from classically told tales to playfully post-modern work. The Privilege of the Happy Ending is the latest story collection from local writer Kij Johnson, a Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author. Spend an evening immersed in speculative storytelling at the Raven on October 24 at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the release of The Privilege of the Happy Ending with a reading from Kij, an audience Q&A, and a book signing.
About the Book
A surprising and exciting new collection of fourteen speculative and experimental stories that explore animal intelligences, gender, and the nature of stories.
The Privilege of the Happy Ending is award-winning writer Kij Johnson’s long-awaited second collection, following the celebrated At the Mouth of the River of Bees. Contained here is Johnson’s speculative fiction from the last decade, ranging in form from classically told tales to playfully post-modern work drawing on medieval dream manuals, Icelandic spell books, and the OuLiPo manifesto.
The collection includes the two World Fantasy Award-winning stories “The Privilege of the Happy Ending” and “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe,” as well as the illustrated book of signs, “The Apartment Dweller’s Stavebook,” and two never-before-published works. Here you will encounter dreamlands, talking chickens, stranger beasts, and also the ghastly spectre of Toad Hall.
About the Author
Kij Johnson (kijjohnson.com) writes speculative and experimental fiction, and has won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, among others. She also writes gaming material and teaches creative writing, novel idea generation, and science fiction and fantasy lit, at the University of Kansas and elsewhere. She is an associate director of the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination.
Headshot courtesy of Salon di Marco
A surprising and exciting new collection of speculative and experimental stories that explore animal intelligences, gender, and the nature of stories.
World Fantasy Award winner, Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella, and one of NPR's Best Books of 2016
Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.
A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running.