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5 finalists in 5 days: MFAC Faculty Kelly Barnhill

Barnhill Dreadful 375

MFAC Faculty member Kelly Barnhill’s short story collection Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Alonguin Books is a nominated in the category of Genre Fiction.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelly Barnhill is a Newberry Medal-winning and New York Times best selling author. She is former teacher, former bartender, former waitress, former activist, former park ranger, former secretary, former janitor and former church-guitar-player.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

When Mrs. Sorensen’s husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.” In “Open the Door and the Light Pours Through,” a young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. “Dreadful Young Ladies” demonstrates the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination. “The Insect and the Astronomer” upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award–winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret, magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead.


PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“The eight short stories and one novella in Newbery Medalist Barnhill’s collection are haunting and beautifully told . . . Each story is written in intensely poetic language that can exult or disturb, sometimes within the same sentence, and evokes a dreamlike, enchanted mood that lingers in the reader’s mind. These tales are made to be reread and savored.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


"Newbery medalist Barnhill dazzles in her short story collection for adults . . . This is a well-crafted short story collection featuring elements of magic realism while touching on the themes of love, grief, hope, jealousy, and more. Fantasy readers—especially fans of Neil Gaiman or even Kelly Link—will appreciate this spellbinding collection."
—Booklist


"Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury or Angela Carter . . . Whether Barnhill's settings are contemporary, historical, or dystopian, she mixes the feeling of fairy tales with the psychological preoccupations of literary fiction."
—Kirkus Reviews


Read an excerpt from Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories



ABOUT THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that fosters our statewide literary arts community and connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota.

The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony each spring. Woven throughout the season are various engagement activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state.

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Congratulations, Kelly!