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
11 October, 6:30 pm
Finding Creatures & Other Stories
“Wolf uses different genres, different voices, different cultures—in 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 Moore—all 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.