Jasmine Sawers - Anchored World

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 19, 7pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page

 

Left Bank Books presents award-winning flash fiction writer
Jasmine Sawers,
who will discuss their collection that "dazzle and cut, like the shards of a broken mirror"
The Anchored World: Flash Fairy Tales and Folklore
in our store on October 19th at 7pm!
Join us in person in the store or our YouTube & Facebook Live Page.
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Sawers will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
 
 
 
Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow and Indiana University MFA alum whose work has appeared in such journals as Foglifter, AAWW's The MarginsSmokeLong Quarterly, and more. Their fiction has won the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest and the NANO Prize, and has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. Sawers is proud to serve as an associate fiction editor for Fairy Tale Review. Originally from Buffalo, Sawers now teaches creative writing and pets dogs outside of St. Louis.
 

The long-anticipated full-length debut collection from award-winning flash fiction writer Jasmine Sawers.

A goat begins to grow inside a human heart. The rightful king is born a hard, smooth seashell. Supernovas burst across skin like ink in water. Heartbreak transforms maidens into witches, girls into goblins, mothers into monsters. Hunger drives lovers and daughters, soldiers and ghosts, to unhinge their jaws and swallow the world. Drawing inspiration from a mixed heritage and from history--from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the ancient legends of Thailand, from the suburbs of Buffalo, New York to the endless horizon of the American Midwest--Jasmine Sawers invents a hybrid folklore for liminal characters who live between the lines and within the creases of race and language, culture and gender, sexuality and ability. THE ANCHORED WORLD: FLASH FAIRY TALES AND FOLKLORE is equal parts love letter to the old tales and indictment of their shortcomings, offering a new mythology to reflect the many faces and voices of the twenty-first century.

In this slender book you'll find stories small as pills--and in each pill a stimulant, a hallucinogen, a vitamin. Jasmine Sawers is a practitioner of fine narrative pharmacology. --Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

Contrary to common usage across the globe, the fairy tale world is a dangerous place to be. There is a power in Jasmine Sawers's stories, an essence. They dazzle and cut, like the shards of a broken mirror. Inside these pages, you'll find the beating heart of the fairy tale. --Karen Joy Fowler, author of Booth

Reading Jasmine Sawers's THE ANCHORED WORLD, I became a tree, like many of the magical flora described in this book, rooted in the rich soil of these tales, nourished by this collision of song and story and criticism of a world that gives little but takes a bunch. I became immovable--reseeing (redreaming) familiar narratives with familiar characters cast in new lights and shrouded in new shadows. What is awe inspiring about The Anchored World was not just the beautiful stretches of Sawers's imagination, not just the poetic precision of their use of language, but the book's tender mix of stories inspired by a variety of countries and cultures, challenging the tyranny of normality, and creating--really creating--a literature that brings all voices into the fold, a truly inclusive form of literature. --Ira Sukrungruang, author of This Jade World

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Books: 
$15.95
SKU: s9781941628270

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