xo ORPHEUS: Fifty New Myths -- with ANTHONY MARRA, KAREN TEI YAMASHITA, EDWARD GAUVIN, and ZACHARY MASON

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 7:30pm
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 We know you thrilled to the new fairy tales in My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Look what Kate Bernheimer's now done for myths!

 

 

Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse -- his cremains in a bullet. Here, in compelling guise, are your favorite mythological figures -- Narcissus and Echo, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, even Argos, Odysseus’s faithful dog -- alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, and a squid who falls in love with the sun, these are stories of boundless wonder and invention.

If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking, a book that boldly heralds a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.

 

We so loved hosting editor Kate Bernheimer when My Mother she Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me first arrived. Though Kate can't be with us this time around, four stellar contributors will be:

Anthony Marra is the author of the phenomenally wonderful A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. He has won The Atlantic’s Student Writing Contest, the Narrative Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading. In 2012, he received the Whiting Writers’ Award. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, where he will begin teaching as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction this fall. He has studied and resided in Eastern Europe, traveled through Chechnya, and now lives in Oakland.

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of I Hotel, Tropic of Orange, and Brazil-Maru, among others; coming next year is Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance. She is currently a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and professor of literature and creating writing at UC Santa Cruz.

Edward Gauvin, winner of the John Dryden Translation prize, has received fellowships and residencies from the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Centre National du Livre, and the Lannan Foundation. Publications have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, World Literature Today, Quarerly Conversation, and PEN America. The contributing editor of Francophone comics at Words Without Borders, he translates comics and writes a bimonthly column on the Francophone fantastic at Weird Fiction Review.

Zachary Mason's the author of The Lost Books of the Odyssey, which won a California Book Award, the Criticos Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book for 20120, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence.

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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths By Kate Bernheimer (Editor) Cover Image
By Kate Bernheimer (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143122425
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013