Archive for the ‘New Story’ Category

Jami Attenberg on BBC Radio 4

Jami Attenberg on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book on reading ghost stories while writing her latest novel All Grown Up:

“Kelly Link: one of my favorite American writers of any kind.Beyond the traditional otherworldliness that is the mark of speculative fiction, Link is an extremely funny writer capable of incredibly human observations in an easy, natural writing style. People disappear in Link’s wide-ranging stories. They move in and out of each other’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But there is always a sense of empathy which I perhaps treasure most in a book.”

Looking for satisfying contemporary literary fiction?

Nicole Lamy includes Magic for Beginners in her Match Book column which appeared in print for the first time this weekend on October 8, 2017, in the Sunday Book Review:

“More enchantment lies in Kelly Link’s deadpan, winsome collection of short stories “Magic for Beginners,” though angst haunts these pages, too. A lovelorn teenager hunts for her grandmother’s missing handbag; a witch’s children pine for happy lives. Link is a master of teenage consciousness — convenience-store ethos and pop cultural references included — layered with the additional charm of parallel dimensions.”

Books Are Magic

In a NYT story about authors who own bookstores (Summer Reading Recommendations, From 6 Novelists Who Own Bookstores) in a side note Alexandra Alter noted that Emma Straub’s staff recommendations at her new store Books Are Magic include Magic for Beginners:

On a sunny afternoon in late April, the day before the opening of Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, the novelist Emma Straub was apologetically shooing away potential customers.

A woman with a dog poked her head in the door, which was still being painted, to say that “there has never been more buzz” about a store opening in the neighborhood. Ms. Straub, an owner of the bookstore, told her the place was dog-friendly and invited her to come back when it opened.

The space, a former clothing boutique on Smith Street, still smelled like fresh paint and sawdust. By the register were shelves full of new fiction and nonfiction and a bookcase dedicated to eclectic titles published by The New York Review of Books. Nearby, the fiction section held a mix of contemporary works and classics, including two editions of “Middlemarch,” Ms. Straub’s favorite novel.

Staff picks sat on the opposite wall — Ms. Straub, 37, had recommended “Magic for Beginners,” a collection of short stories by Kelly Link. Down a few stairs, a separate bright, airy room with exposed brick walls, wooden rafters and a skylight was filled almost entirely with children’s books. . . . Read on

LV Interview

Kelly was interviewed ahead of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City where she was on the Fail Safe podcast and did a reading. Here’s the introduction to the interview and a link:

Her prose has a lilting tone and a conspiratorial voice — and she has a way of creating narrators who get inside your head. Link’s work can be deeply unsettling, because it never feels too far out of reach. The premises and settings that pull her work out of the mundane world can (sometimes literally) take on a life of their own, but it’s the way that the characters — and the readers — react that does the heavy lifting in her stories.


Snap Judgment

Kelly’s story “Most of My Friends are Two-Thirds Water” was adapted as part of this week’s Snap Judgment:

Bionic Blondes – Snap 724

The hottest alien takeover of all time. This story was originally written by Kelly Link, and comes from her collection, Stranger Things Happen. It was adapted, directed, and produced by Mark Ristich and Eliza Smith.
Voice Actors: Glynn Washington and Joyce LeeYou can find all things Kelly Link at her website,

The Boston Book Festival One City One Story selection for 2016 is “The Faery Handbag”

As announced in Boston Magazine the Boston Book Festival One City One Story selection for 2016 is “The Faery Handbag.”

Download the Story

English PDF · Spanish PDF · Additional translations and formats coming soon

Find the Story

Local Places and Events

Starting at the end of August, copies will be available at:

All branches of the Boston Public Library

*Spanish edition available at: Central Library, Connolly, East Boston, & Egleston Square. More neighborhood locations will be added soon.

Distribution Schedule:

Sunday, September 11
Cambridge Carnival

Thursday, September 15
Taste of JP

Sunday, September 18
Boston Local Food Festival

Saturday, September 24
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 25
South End Open Studios

Monday, October 10
Fenway Opening Our Doors


Local Discussions

WBUR will be hosting a discussion of “The Faery Handbag” on September 28 as part of the WBUR-BBF Summer Book Club.


Stranger Things Happen + Fiasco Bundle


A couple of years ago Benjamin Rosenbaum proposed a Fiasco playset based on Kelly’s first collection of stories Stranger Things Happen. Fiasco is a storytelling game where players make up and tell each other stories with different playsets that allow them to bring in different elements, tropes, and tones to the stories. Ben wrote the playset and Steve Segedy of Bully Pulpit Games put the bundle together and it has just been released.

The bundle is exclusively available on Weightless Books and on the DriveThruRPG site, and comprises full sets of digital files (epubs, mobis, pdfs) of:

Get the Bundle.

About Fiasco

“Fiasco is one of the greatest storytelling RPGs I’ve ever played. I highly recommend it.”
— Wil Wheaton

About Stranger Things Happen

Stories from Stranger Things Happen have won the Nebula, Tiptree, and World Fantasy Award. Stranger Things Happen was a Salon Book of the Year, one of the Village Voice’s 25 Favorite Books of 2001, and was nominated for the Firecracker Alternative Book Award.

“Pity the poor librarians who have to slap a sticker on Kelly Link’s genre-bending, mind-blowing masterpiece of the imagination, Stranger Things Happen.”—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia, for NPR’s You Must Read This

“My favorite fantasy writer, Miss Kelly Link.”
—Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

About The Ant King and Other Stories

* “Give him some prizes, like, perhaps, “best first collection” for this book.”
Booklist (Starred review)

“A terrific range of tales, showcasing an active, playful mind and a gleeful genre-blender.”
—Aimee Bender

“Ben Rosenbaum is one of the freshest and finest voices to appear in science fiction in many years. The stories collected in The Ant King demonstrate his astonishing versatility, his marvelous imagination, and his ready wit.”
—Jack Womack

Stranger Things Happen cover - click to view full size Fiasco The Ant King and Other Stories cover - click to view full size