Savoy Bookshop and Cafe is delighted to host two award-winning fiction authors on Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. Providence author Caitlín R. Kiernan will share the release of her newest work Agents of Dreamland as she engages in a dark fantasy Q&A session with Westerly's own C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans). This public event is not ticketed and does not require advance registration.
About the Novella
The Signalman exits a train in Arizona. Later that day, the government special agent meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier. Neither has an explanation.
A cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible Children of the Next Level. In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea, the children are offered not only something to believe in, but a chance for transcendence. The future is coming, and they will help to usher it in.
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA's interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact.
A woman floating outside of time looks to both the future and the past for answers about how to save humanity.
About the Authors
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Irish-born Kiernan spent most of her life in the southeastern United States, but currently resides in Providence. A former vertebrate palaeontologist and college-level biology instructor, Kiernan's scientific research has been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaentology and the Journal of Palaentology. Her first published novel, Silk, earned two awards and immediate praise from critics and luminaries such as as Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Poppy Z. Brite. Ever since, Keirnan's highly prolific career has earned her extensive literary acclaim, including two World Fantasy Awards, two Bram Stoker Awards, and a James Tiptree Jr. Award. Kiernan is the author of several novels, novellas, chapbooks, and short fiction stories and collections, among which are The Five of Cups, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree, Tales of Pain and Wonder, Wrong Things, From Weird and Distant Shores, To Charles Fort With Love, Alabaster, Frog Toes and Tentacles, Tales From the Woeful Platypus, A is for Alien and The Dry Savages. Kiernan is also a comic book writer; her credits include The Dreaming, The Girl who would be Death and Bast:Eternity Game.
Author and performer C. S. E. Cooney launched her voice-acting career narrating short fiction for Podcastle, the world's first audio fantasy magazine. She is the author of How to Flirt in Faerieland, Other Wild Rhymes and Jack o' the Hills. In addition, she has an erotic fairytale series called The Witch's Garden. With her fellow artists in the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, Cooney appears at conventions and other venues, singing and dramatizing fiction by performing such story-poems as The Sea King’s Second Bride, which won the 2011 Rhysling Award. Cooney's first short fiction collection, Bone Swans, earned her a 2016 World Fantasy Award and recieved starred reviews from several publications.
A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman.
Winner of the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection
Contains "The Bone Swans of Amandale," 2015 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella
2015 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Collection and Best Novella