Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Finding Creatures & Other Stories: Launch, 28 September, Reading, 11 October

Book Launch & Reading

In a few weeks time I will be launching my short story collection Finding Creatures & Other Stories at White Dwarf Books, in conjunction with Eileen Kernaghan and her novel Wild Talent: a novel of the supernatural. If you are in the neighbour- hood you are invited to come down and celebrate with us. Have a drink of wine and some nibblies and a yak. (Not a yak. Just a ‘yak’.) I’m looking forward to it.

For a taste of what the collection holds, you can read “The Coin” and “After Hours at the Black Hole” at their respective posts on this blog, as well as snippets of “Mr. Cowmeadow’s Sky”, “Aggie’s Game”, “These Old Bones”, and “Miss Lonelygenes’ Secret” in the post “Storyteller Times Two”.


28 September, 2 pm

White Dwarf Books

3715 West Tenth Avenue

Vancouver, B.C.



11 October, 6:30 pm

Pulp Fiction

2422 Main Street

Vancouver, B.C.



Finding Creatures & Other Stories

“Wolf uses different genres, different voices, different culturesin short whatever she needs to make the story work. What ties it all together is her sure-handed prose and a depth she brings to her writing, that indefinable element that rises up from between the lines and gives a good story its resonance…

rather than my trying to convince you to buy it, let me ask you instead to pass it around when you’re done. Talk about the stories that moved you, about Wolf’s voice, and her gift of storytelling.

“I want this book to be a success because I want to look forward to reading more new stories by her for many years to come.

“And so should you.

from the introduction by Charles De Lint, author of The Onion Girl and Dingo.


Literary, science fictional, slipstream, and fantastic—this medley of stories is grounded in the present day, weaving backward to the life of Saint Francis, and forward to a time when Earth is a memory, and new humans are finding their place among the stars.

Wolf’s characters grapple with personal integrity and connection with others, with the imperatives to abandon fear and hate and to question cherished beliefs. A Haitian street kid with a mercurial coin, a skid-row waitress with a passion for palaeontology, and aliens inadvertently trapped in sculptures by Henry Mooreall journey side by side with a northern Native man who searches for somewhere to bury a dead spaceman, and two teenagers who build an old-style science-fiction machine with a very modern purpose.

Wolf’s unexpected approach to story telling interlaces humour, compassion, and a compelling affection for human and nonhuman with a fine-spun unorthodoxy in these understated tales of this world and beyond.


Cover image by Maggie V. Jones, Cover Design by Clélie Rich


Julie H. Ferguson said...

what a stunning cover! I love it madly...
I shall try my damnedest to be at your book launch-the date is niggling at me as i write this. Will let you know.
I am so happy that all the hard work preparing the ms has paid off.

Hugs and congratulations,

C. June Wolf said...

thanks so much, julie. and thank you for all your help along the way.


Eileen Kernaghan said...

What a gorgeous cover! Congratulations, Casey, on the stories, the book, the excellent and well-deserved recommendations... on the whole wonderful accomplishment.


Anonymous said...

What a really beautiful book cover.
I loved it.


Anonymous said...

What a lovely and enchanting book cover.

Margaret & Cliff

Mael Brigde, for The Daughters of the Flame said...
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C. June Wolf said...

thanks, all!

Michael said...

Listen, Casey J, you may get very very tired of hearing this, but
'Claude and the Henry Moores' is just a purely magical sweetheart of a story; if I never read any further it's been worth it. Can't wait to see what comes next. And I suspect the hauntingly gorgeous cover-portrait will distract more than more than one reader's concentration; three cheers and a tiger for the artist, too.

Sam said...

Just read Thunderbirds – totally loved it. I think the thing I love most about your writing is your tone – warm, affectionate, funny, compassionate and curious. I also love how erudite (I probably should look this up to see what it means – I think it means knowledgable) you are, each story is an education. And on top of that you have such a uniquely creative imagination – understandingt a tree from the inside out gave me shivers.

Your fan,