Upcoming Event

Mallory Ortberg

presents

The Merry Spinster:
Tales of Everyday Horror

in conversation with MARGARET H. WILLISON

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
23
Friday
March 23, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MALLORY ORTBERG, co-founder of The Toast and author of Texts from Jane Eyre, for a discussion of their latest book, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror. They will be joined in conversation by librarian and podcaster MARGARET H. WILLISON. 

About The Merry Spinster

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from their beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, "The Merry Spinster" takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and their best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature has become among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg’s eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in their unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface.

Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night.

Bedtime will never be the same.

Praise

"A collection of stories delectable, formidable, and nimble. As a fantasist and short story writer, Mallory Ortberg is without peer." ―Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

"Dear Reader: It would, truthfully, be simplest to call the stories in The Merry Spinster ‘retellings,’ but that word does not adequately capture their dark alchemy. Mallory Ortberg has created a Frankenstein’s monster of familiar narratives . . . [that swings] between Terry Pratchett’s satirical jocularity and Angela Carter’s sinister, shrewd storytelling, and the result is gorgeous, unsettling, splenic, cruel, and wickedly smart. I’ve never read anything quite like them, and I bet, Dear Reader, that you haven’t either." ―Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

"Mallory Ortberg has a voracious appetite for poison apples and a genius for finding the places in fairyland where all the bodies are buried. The Merry Spinster will ruin your most-loved fables, in the best possible way." ―Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

Mallory Ortberg
Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast and the author of the New York Times best seller Texts From Jane Eyre.

Margaret H. Willison
Margaret H. Willison

Margaret H. Willison

Margaret H. Willison is a librarian and culture advisory savant. She's a regular fourth chair on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, one half of the Two Bossy Dames newsletter, one third of the Appointment Television podcast, and the host of the best 24/7 slumber party on Twitter.

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1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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