Saturday, October 24, 2020
Whether they are the bedtime stories we grew up with or retellings we discover as adults, folk and fairy tales from various traditions offer enduring motifs, genuine wisdom—and plenty of juicy material for talented novelists to riff on. In this session, we’ll talk with three novelists whose latest work draws directly or indirectly from these timeless tales. In Master of Poisons, Andrea Hairston combines the lyrical patterns and rhythms of African folkloric traditions with the sensibilities of postcolonial literatures to build a complex epic fantasy that Kirkus Reviews calls “a mind-expanding must-read” in a starred review. Wicked author Gregory Maguire sets Wild Winter Swan, his latest fairy tale adaptation (based on Anderson’s “The Wild Swans”) in 1960s New York City, in an elegant reimagining that takes on issues of class and culture. And SL Huang remixes European and Asian fairy tale traditions in her new novella, Burning Roses, which finds Rosa (aka Little Red Riding Hood) reluctantly joining forces with the mythological Chinese archer Hou Yi for an epic quest. Lauren Rizzuto will host this delightful conversation about tales old and new. Sponsored by Greenough Brand Storytellers.
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