About This Event

In the much anticipated sequel to “Hild”, Nicola Griffith’s Menewood transports readers back to seventh-century Britain, a land of rival kings and religions poised for epochal change

Join author Nicola Griffith to celebrate her upcoming release “Menewood”! Nicola will be joined by local author Alexis Smith to chat about this sequel.

Saturday, October 14th at 7pm at Auntie’s Bookstore (402 W Main Ave).

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP at https://www.auntiesbooks.com/event/menewood-nicola-griffith-conversation-alexis-smith

About the book

Making a much-anticipated return to the world of “Hild”, Nicola Griffith’s “Menewood” transports readers back to seventh-century Britain, a land of rival kings and religions poised for epochal change. Hild is no longer the bright child who made a place in Edwin Overking’s court with her seemingly supernatural insight. She is eighteen, honed and tested, the formidable lady of Elmet, now building her personal stronghold in the valley of Menewood.

But old alliances are fraying. Younger rivals are snapping at Edwin’s heels. War is brewing—bitter war, winter war. Not knowing whom to trust, Edwin becomes volatile and recalls his young advisor to court. There Hild begins to understand the true extent of the chaos ahead—and realizes she must find a way to navigate the turbulence and fight to protect both the kingdom and her own people.

She will face the losses and devastation of total war, and then must summon the determination to forge a radically different path for herself and her people. In the valley, her last redoubt, Hild draws strength from the fierce joy she finds in the natural world, as, slowly, her community takes root. She trains herself and her unexpected allies in new ways of thinking, learning what it means to gather and wield true power. And she prepares for one last wager: risking all on a single throw for a better future.
In the last decade, “Hild” has become a beloved classic of epic storytelling. “Menewood” exceeds it in every way.

About Nicola Griffith

Nicola Griffith (she/her) is a dual UK/US citizen living in Seattle. She is the author of award-winning novels including “Hild” and “Ammonite”, and her shorter work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, New York Times, etc. She is the founder and co-host of #CripLit, holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, and enjoys a ferocious bout of wheelchair boxing. She is married to novelist and screenwriter Kelley Eskridge.

About Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith’s writing has appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Moss, Portland Review, Bon Appetit, the Spokesman-Review, and elsewhere. Her first novel, “Glaciers”, was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, and her second novel, “Marrow Island”, was the winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a Lambda Literary Award.

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