I’m very taken by Kelly Link’s new collection of short stories, Magic (for beginners), not the least because the title implies the genre: she writes otherworldly, magical stories, lying somewhere between Amiee Bender and Haruki Murakami. To read a story from the collection, check out The Faery Handbag (which won the 2005 Hugo and Locus Award). It has whimsical humor and keeps the magical realism grounded in the concrete details of a tangible world – absolutely bewitching.
Her website (well done – especially like the moving dinosaur!) has info on her touring schedule as well as a thorough bibliography.
Lastly, (seriously, the last link) is a piece of advice Link wrote for the newsletter of the Online Writing Workshop, telling students to write eccentrically and bravely.
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