Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to guiding horse trips. Currently, she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.
Hear Katherine Arden in multiple DBF 2019 sessions:
Saturday, Aug 31 at 5:30PM
A Whole World of Fantasies, Sponsored by Gramarye Media
Sunday, Sep 1 at 3:00PM
These Stories Might Scare You
These Stories Might Scare You
Not for the faint of heart! Two popular writers of adult fiction share creepy ghost stories for the younger crowd.
When she’s not selling books at Little Shop of Stories, Madison Hatfield is acting, writing, and improvising. She helps run Shakespeare on Draught, a “Best of Atlanta” Shakespeare company, and she writes and performs sketches with her team Eternal Slumber Party. Her award-winning first feature film as a screenwriter, Pageant Material, premiered at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.
Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “sensual, beautifully written and emotionally stirring.” They introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter king, but it is too soon to know if their connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, in the conclusion to this powerful trilogy, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of this conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of both worlds resting on her shoulders. With her destiny uncertain, Vasya must uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.