Smith College, El Nino, Earthquakes, The Village of Bones, And Other News From Mary Mackey
The biggest El Nino ever is on track to hit California this winter. I divide my time between living on one of America’s most dangerous earthquake faults and one its most dangerous flood zones, so after procrastinating for more than fifteen years, I have finally gotten around to placing my literary papers somewhere they won’t be buried under the rubble of my house or turned into wet pulp.
The Mary Mackey Papers are going to be housed at the Sophia Smith Special Collections Library at Smith College in Northampton, MA. This means Smith is going to be taking my first editions, manuscripts, rough drafts of my poems and novels, literary correspondence, fliers for all the readings I’ve done, copies of all the publications that contain my work, and a lot of other things including letters from Marija Gimbutas, Bertrand Russell, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Meanwhile, I’m almost ready to send my new novel The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale off to be copy edited, which means it will probably be published in early 2016. It’s going to be available both as a paperback book and as an e-book. As soon as I learn the exact publication date, I’ll let you know.
For a new sneak peek at the plot and my thoughts on the connection between ancient human-like species and European folk tales of fairies, gnomes, elves, and other magical creatures click here.