Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Feminism
Tuesday, September 22nd 1 p.m. via Crowdcast
About the Event
Diane Zinna and Amber Sparks delve into the folklore that inspires their female-driven, otherworldly fiction. Zinna’s debut novel The All-Night Sun follows a teacher’s journey alongside a magnetic new student to a Midsommar’s Eve celebration in Sweden, where events quickly take a dark turn. Publisher’s Weekly calls it an “intimate debut [that] dazzles with original language, emotional sentience, and Swedish folklore as it plumbs the depths of grief, loss, and friendship.” In And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges, Sparks’ fairytale-like short stories blend myth with the modern, from a teenager befriending a ghost in a trailer park to what really happened to the Sabine Women. Publisher’s Weekly writes that Sparks’ “wry, feminist” stories “smuggle incredible emotional impact into surprisingly few pages.”
About Diane Zinna
Diane Zinna is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and taught creative writing for ten years. She was the executive co-director at AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which hosts the largest literary conference in North America each year. In 2014, Diane created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and daughter. The All-Night Sun is her first book and has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.
About Amber Sparks
Amber Sparks is the author of And I Do Not Forgive You.