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

Kelly Link short short stories just for you

Small Beer Press is running its first Kickstarter and up for grabs are:

A Short Short Story by Kelly Link
A hardcover edition of the book plus a 4-6 sentence short, short story Kelly Link all of your very own. (Does not include publication rights: this is just for you.)

Bookshopping Consult by Kelly Link
A hardcover edition of the book plus: Want to get some personalized recommendations for next time you’re in your favorite bookstore? A 30 minute phone chat with former bookseller Kelly Link. Time and date to be mutually arranged by you and Kelly.

Tuckerization by Kelly Link.
A hardcover edition of the book plus Kelly will include your name in a work of fiction.

Get in Trouble is an Indies Choice finalist!

Wonderful news! Delightful! Get in Trouble is one of the five finalists for the Indies Choice Book of the Year in the Adult Fiction category. Read the announcement, see all the finalists and the timetable for the awards here.

Karen Joy Fowler’s list of 6 favorite books about ‘almost magical’ women

Loved this list by Karen Joy Fowler of “6 favorite books about ‘almost magical’ women” which included books by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michelle Cliff, Nicola Griffith, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Brian Doyle, and Get in Trouble:

“All best-of lists should close with the amazing Kelly Link. Her stories are the most overtly fantastical on this list. She makes us believe. I’ll spotlight “I Can See Right Through You,” “Light,” and “The Summer People.” I’d include “Origin Story” if protagonist Bunnatine weren’t too completely magical to fit my stated theme.”

—Novelist Karen Joy Fowler is the author of The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Her short-story collection Black Glass was recently re-released.