Sunday, April 7, 2013

Book Club for Writers Discussion

Join us for our next Book Club for Writers discussion on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 PM, when we will discuss stories by Angela Carter and Kelly Link, authors who are both known for incorporating elements of fairy tales in their fiction.

We will discuss “The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter and “Travels with the Snow Queen” by Kelly Link. The discussion will be free and open to the public, and copies of the stories are available from the library in advance.

The British novelist, essayist, and short story writer Angela Carter was known for infusing her work with both magical realism and feminism. The London Times ranked her tenth on its list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945,” and though she died of cancer in 1991, her work has continued to be influential and widely discussed. Her collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was published in 1979 and won the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize; the stories play with the conventions and concerns of traditional fairy tales.

Kelly Link is an American editor, author, and publisher who, like Carter, is also interested in fairy tales and magical realism. “Travels with the Snow Queen” won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and appeared in her 2001 collection Stranger Things Happen, which was named one of the best books of the year by Salon and the Village Voice. With her husband, she runs the literary and science fiction publisher Small Beer Press.

Book Club for Writers is a fiction discussion program that meets four times a year. Discussions are open to all, and focus particularly on questions of craft and technique that will interest writers and aspiring writers. Created by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, Book Club for Writers is sponsored locally by a fiction writing group that meets weekly at the Haverhill Corner Library.

The next Book Club for Writers discussion will be held on Thursday, July 25 and will feature “Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor and “Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty.

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