Tuesday, May 05, 2009

OT: new Finnish fantasy novel by my friend Kate

Fledgling comic book author and buddy Kate Laity has a new novel out. Here's the PR:

Unikirja: Dream Book
By K. A. Laity
ISBN 978-0-9821725-0-6
169 pages, 6” x 9” paperback, $16.00
Published April 2009 by Aino Press

The schemes of witches and sages and giants.
Doomed marriages and supernatural bargains.
The magic of music, of the sauna, of family.
A fish who’s a girl, a girl who’s a wolf.
The creation of the world.

K. A. Laity weaves timeless magic in UNIKIRJA: DREAM BOOK. Tales from the Kalevala and Kanteletar, the ancient myths and folktales of Finland, receive new life and meaning in these imaginative retellings. Mixing the realistic with the fantastic, the mythic with the modern, the dream-tales of UNIKIRJA reinterpret the beauty of the original, time-honored Finnish stories for contemporary readers.

Laity’s work on this collection won her the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship and a grant from the Finlandia Foundation in 2006. Some of these stories have previously appeared in New World Finn, Mythic Passages, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXI, The Beltane Papers, and Kippis! Literary Journal. UNIKIRJA also includes four never-before published pieces, including “Lumottu,” an innovative and deeply moving new play.

About the Author:
K. A. Laity is the award-winning author of PELZMANTEL: A MEDIEVAL TALE (nominated for the Aesop Award and the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award) as well as many short stories, plays, and essays. As Assistant Professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, she specializes in medieval literature and also teaches popular culture, film, and New Media. Visit her website at kalaity.com

For more information, including author interview requests, contact:
Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
Publisher, Aino Press