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Book Launch: Nancy Au — Spider Love Song and Other Stories

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0


Nancy Au’s debut collection is rich with scents, sounds, imaginative leaps, and unexpected angles of vision. These seventeen stories present the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer lives often do not align, whose spirits attempt flight despite dashed hopes and lean circumstances. Marginalized by race, age, and sexuality, they endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES treads the fault line that forms between lovers, families, friends, cultures—exposing injuries and vulnerabilities, but also the strength and courage necessary to recast resentment and anger into wonder and power. Au’s lyrical style, humor, and tender attention to her characters’ fancies and failings make this powerful debut a delight to read.


Nancy Au’s stories and essays have appeared in Redivider, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Pinch, among many others. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and teaches creative writing at California State University–Stanislaus. She is co-founder of The Escapery, a writing and art un-school. Her flash fiction, which is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018, also won The Vestal Review’s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize as well as Redivider’s Blurred Genre Contest.



“These stories sparkle with life and secrets, joy and power, pain and hilarity and sharp insights into the
human heart. Nancy Au is a rare and blazing talent, and this debut collection is a house of wonders,
thrilling and unforgettable.”    —Carolina De Robertis, author of CANTORAS

“Foxes, turtles, ducks, oysters, fish, badgers, beetles, damselflies, bees: all manner of creatures scratch, swim, thrum, and shimmer through these tender and fantastic stories. Characters struggle with the entanglements of the living and the dead, like the “spiders’ webs [that] can wind around anything that doesn’t pay attention,” while they long to be out in the world that both compels and terrifies. I was spellbound by Au’s unique vision and language that pay attention to the many wild, rich worlds that hold us.”  —Peg Alford Pursell, author of A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST


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