Wed 7/10 7pm-8pm
Alex Bledsoe discusses his fantasy fiction Wisp of a Thing"Rob Quillen, a folk singer whose girlfriend died in a plane crash, seeks out the mysterious Tufa people in search of the song he believes will mend his broken heart. Though the Tufa appear to be a racially ambiguous Appalachian subculture, they're actually descendants of the Fae, capable of strange magics. Hunting his song, Rob becomes caught up in the fate of Curnen, a troubled girl under a terrible curse, and Stoney Hicks, a Tufa man who has been carelessly seducing and destroying women with his magical charms. Bledsoe brings a real warmth and a messy humanity to his modern-day fairy story, with strong characterization and a passionate love of music. Set in the same world as The Hum and the Shiver, this stand-alone novel feels more heartfelt and is written with a lighter touch, fulfilling all of the first book's early promise and hitting the sweet spot between glossy and gritty." -Publishers Weekly
“This beautifully handled drama of Appalachian music and
magic once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive
setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe’s on a roll.” –Kirkus (starred
Alex Bledsoe is the author of "The Hum and the Shiver, " as well as the novels in the Eddie LaCrosse series: "The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, " and "Dark Jenny."He grew up in west Tennessee and has been a reporter, editor, photographer, and door-to-door salesman. He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls where he writes and spends time with his family.