In a lovely review, Bookpage writes, “This fall, two accomplished short-story writers are lending a kind of dark beauty to the season with their enthralling collections of modernized fairy tales . . . How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales is a remarkable compilation of stories.”

The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Here is an excerpt from Kate’s recent review of William T. Vollmann’s new story collection Last Stories and Other Stories, which she was delighted to be asked to write for The New York Times:

“In a recent Vanity Fair article, the critic James Wood was quoted as saying, “You can be a good storyteller . . . and still not be a serious storyteller.” He went on to claim that a novel “is not a serious one” when “it tells a fantastical, even ridiculous tale, based on absurd and improbable premises.” Taken to its necessary and logical conclusion, this statement excludes an entire line of “serious” works by writers like William Shakespeare, ­Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, Angela Carter, Gabriel García Márquez and so many others — including, yes, William T. Vollmann. Really? Speaking of survivors, and despite such gratuitous attacks, fabulism remains a most vital form.”

Review in Slate

“You cannot argue with a fairy tale,” writes Katy Waldman in Slate, in a lovely review of the “hauntingly strange fairy tale collection” How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales. She continues, “Adulthood does not lack for capricious brutality and loss. What it does lack, for the most part, is animate toys jumping out of windows.” (Yes, dolls defenestrate in Kate’s new collection.) Thank you Slate!

Time Out New York

“I read once that Andy Warhol, when asked which punk musicians he liked, answered, ‘I like them all.’ That’s how I am with fairy tales—-punk music too.” Just a little snippet from a new interview with Kate in Time Out New York. You can read the whole interview here.

All Things Considered

Since October tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been taken into custody at the U. S. Mexican border. Kate was honored to be asked by NPR’s All Things Considered to recommend a book that might help us reflect on the lives of those children. You can read her essay and listen to her commentary about Maria Tatar’s The Grimm Reader here.

Books Beneath the Bridge

On August 4, 2014, Kate will be reading from How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales for the Books Beneath the Bridge Series in Brooklyn, New York. This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Parks Conservancy and WORD Bookstore. In related news, Kate’s collection was just named one of the Books of the Week by WORD and Largehearted Boy!

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