Join us on Wednesday, February 16 at 7pm PT when Tobey Hiller is joined by Thaisa Frank to celebrate her latest book, Flight Advice: a fabulary, at 9th Ave!
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Praise for Flight Advice
“A delicious and dreamlike collection of stories, filled with the best surprises. Hiller creates a witty, pungent world, in which words fly and change, and stories swirl and go missing, to arrive again in new forms, with fresh power to enchant. A tour de force, concocted of mischief, insight and pure delight.”—Harriet Scott Chessman, author of Someone Not Really Her Mother
“In Flight Advice: A Fabulary, fairy tales and myths of passion come alive in the modern world: Men with cigarettes that look like stars make love to mermaids, a genie appears in a woman’s laundry room, and a writer is transformed by mysterious words. Told by a narrator with a remarkable voice that ranges from vernacular clarity to dazzling lyricism, Flight Advice is the best of contemporary magic realism.”—Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger’s Glasses and Enchantment
“In Tobey Hiller’s magnificent collection of fables, Flight Advice: A Fabulary, these captivating short stories traverse otherworldly landscapes. An accomplished poet, Hiller’s prose shines with mesmeric intensity and imagery. Singing mermaids, a bejeweled dog, one philosophical genie, and Lillith and her bald children transport the reader on surrealist excursions through worlds of humor and invention. Flight Advice: A Fabulary crackles with energy and wildness and seduces with dreamscape narratives.”—Maw Shein Win, author of Storage Unit for the Spirit House
About Flight Advice
Unlikely Books celebrates the release of Flight Advice: a fabulary by Tobey Hiller! Flight Advice is 130 pages of mythological, weird, and fabulist stories exploring the possibility of magic in our past and present. It wanders through creation myths, relates naïve humans to animals wild and sophisticated, considers the horrors of archetypical demagogues, and spends time with the inexplicable in ordinary, modern life. The art on the cover, "Ghost Dogs," is a 2007 painting by Elizabeth Ennis.
About Tobey Hiller
Tobey Hiller writes fiction, flash and poetry. She’s the author of 4 books of poetry and one novel, CHARLIE’S EXIT (Edgework Books, 2002). Her stories and poems have appeared in many journals, such as Ambush Review, Askew, Canary, The Fabulist: Words & Art, Shotglass Journal (MusePie Press), Here Comes Everyone, 5 Fingers Review, Mediterranean Poetry, Milkweed Chronicle, Sisyphus, Sin Fronteras/Writers without Borders, Spillway, Unlikely Stories Mark V, and in five anthologies, most recently FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA (Scarlet Tanager Press, October 2018), THE WILD (Marin Poetry Center, 2019, & TRANSFORMATION, 2020). She writes both realist and fabulist fiction; one of her stories, Splinter, won First Prize in CRAFT’s 2020 Short Story Elements Contest for Conflict; two of her other stories have been short-listed for prizes. Her fiction collection PARTICLE TO WAVE: A FABULARY (now called FLIGHT ADVICE: A FABULARY) was recently named one of five finalists for Omnidawn’s Fabulist Collection Contest and will be published this winter by Unlikely Books. Her most recent book of poetry, CROW MIND (Finishing Line Press, 2020 is reviewed in The Los Angeles Review at http://losangelesreview.org/review-crow-mind-tobey-
hiller/. She may be found at http://thiller.ag-sites.net
About Thaisa Frank
The fiction of Enchantment is Thaisa Frank’s third collection of short fiction and includes two semi-autobiographical novellas as well as thirty-three stories. Her most recent novel, Heidegger’s Glasses, takes place in the mythical haven of an underground mine during WWII, the safety of which is threatened forever. It was published in 2010, reissued in paperback in 2011 and sold to ten foreign countries before publication. She is also the author of Sleeping in Velvet and A Brief History of Camouflage, both on the Bestseller List of the San Francisco Chronicle. Thaisa has received two PEN awards and her stories have been widely-anthologized. She has published critical essays on writing and art and is the author of the Afterward to Viking/Penguin’s most recent edition of Voltaire. Her poetry, which she writes secretly, appears in small publications. Thaisa has also co-authored Finding Your Writers Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction, translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and used in numerous writing programs. Thaisa has taught writing in the graduate departments of San Francisco State, the University of San Francisco and the University of California as Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing.