The lovely Robyn Ringler has asked me to read at her store, East Line Books, on October 18th. I'll be there from about 1-4 pm and reading at 2pm. If all goes well, this will be the launch of Unikirja, the long awaited (by me anyway) collection of short stories based on Finnish folklore and mythology. Hurrah! Yes, too long in the making, but while scribbling away at academic publications in Texas trying to work my way north once more, short stories seemed to be all I could accomplish, and that only s-l-o-w-l-y. I was lucky enough to win the Eureka! Short Story Fellowship and a Finlandia Foundation grant for this collection. The first gave me a whole month at the lovely Dairy Hollow writer's colony (land of infinite turtles) and the latter gave me an amazing trip to Finland where I took all those beautiful pictures of rock paintings (one of which is going to be on the cover of the book).
Robyn has an Open House this Saturday from 1-4 pm to introduce folks to the store. Stop by and say hello, enjoy the food and music -- and buy a few books!