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July 21st, 2014

New book, ToC, starred review, events!

This September Candlewick will be publishing our second YA anthology, yay! This one, disappointingly, does not have an exclamation in the title. But it is terrifying good anyway. The cover is once again by Yuko Shimizu and here’s the

Table of Contents:

Paolo Bacigalupi—Moriabe’s Children
Cassandra Clare—Old Souls
Holly Black—Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)
M. T. Anderson—Quick Hill
Nathan Ballingrud—The Diabolist
Patrick Ness—This Whole Demoning Thing
Sarah Rees Brennan—Wings in the Morning
Nalo Hopkinson—Left Foot, Right
G. Carl Purcell—The Mercurials
Dylan Horrocks—Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography
Nik Houser—Son of Abyss
Kathleen Jennings—A Small Wild Magic
Kelly Link—The New Boyfriend
Joshua Lewis—The Woods Hide in Plain Sight
Alice Sola Kim—Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying

And, here’s Publishers Weekly’s awesome starred review:

Link and Grant (Steampunk!) present an engrossing, morally complex anthology of 15 stories centered on the seemingly antagonistic concepts of monsters and love. Throughout, troubled protagonists meet genuine monsters—some traditional, like vampires, others much less so. Almost invariably, it’s understood that other people in the protagonists’ lives are far worse than the monsters. In Paolo Bacigalupi’s poetic “Moriabe’s Children,” a teenager fleeing her abusive stepfather finds sisterhood with the kraken that haunt the nearby sea. In Holly Black’s bloody but funny “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind),” a girl stows away on her uncle’s spaceship, fights off pirates, and partners with a purported alien killing machine. M.T. Anderson’s wistful and beautifully realized tale of WWII on the home front, “Quick Hill,” concerns a young man’s sacrifice for his community’s safety, and Kathleen Jennings’s graphic short, “A Small Wild Magic,” is a delightful variation on the story of the boy who receives three magical wishes. Additional stories are written by Cassandra Clare, Patrick Ness, and others; all of the entries are strong, and many are splendid.

Events — hope to see you here!

Friday, 9/19/14, 7 p.m.
Odyssey Bookshop “Monster launch Party” w. cocktails and decorations
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075 – 413-534-7307
Authors: Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, Alice Sola Kim, Joshua Lewis, Greg Purcell

Wednesday, 10/22/14, 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 – (617) 566-6660
Authors: Gavin J. Grant, Kelly Link, M. T. Anderson

Tuesday, 10/28/14, 7 p.m.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 – (212) 274-1160
Authors: Kelly Link; Gavin J. Grant; Alice Sola Kim; Joshua Lewis; Greg Purcell [possibly more!]

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