Save the knight. Glamour your own self. Stay out of the forest. Easy enough, right? But Kaye Fierch, secret pixie heroine of Holly Black's Tithe, finds herself in a web of prophecy, deceit, and really wicked parties. Guest Heather Talty of Newtown Literacy Alliance joins us to talk Tam Lin, Asbury Park, the origins of dark fae in YA, and Labyrinth as a right of passage.
Heather Talty is managing editor of Newtown Literacy Alliance, "a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting writers and writing in Queens, NY. Our flagship project is the publication of a semiannual literary journal featuring new work by writers living in or originally from the largest borough in New York City. We also hold free writing classes for adults, teens, and kids around the borough, and a biennial writing contest for kids and teens. Throughout the year, all over Queens, we hold readings, workshops, and other literary events." You can find her @heathertalty.
This book is real dark. There's murder, there's attempted sexual assault, violence, mind control, sadism, terrible parenting, character deaths, and teenagers who try to solve problems with guns.
I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Glamourbombing "is acts of enchanted art or performance intended to raise ambient magic levels and crack people's heads open a little to admit the idea that Faerie exists and might even be interacting with them. It isn't random acts of kindness (but do those anyway!), making people feel warm and fuzzy or cheering them up, or just "inspirational" platitudes with glitter added. While these things can have a subtle glamour to them, glamourbombing should above all be magical, and as intense as you can make it be - and magical and intense doesn't necessarily mean happy or comforting!"
Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary by Pamela Dean