used by permission
See also these photos by David Dyer-Bennet,used by permission.
11/14/07. Peg will be both reading from The Wild Swans and also reading a new scholarly paper at the Fantasy Matters conference http://www.fantasymatters.org/index2.html at the U of MN over the weekend of 11/16-18/07. Both sessions are open to the public. You can download the program as a pdf from the Fantasy Matters web-site. Peg's reading is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. I think her paper is scheduled later that same day.
(Some events at the conference are limited to conference members, including the keynote addresses by Neil Gaiman & Jack Zipes).
Here are some of the blurbs from the flyer advertising the book realease party this month at Minicon:
"A breathtaking book."--Lois McMaster Bujold, author of many SF & F novels, including The Curse of Chalion.
"As intricately woven as the nettle shirts Eliza makes for her swan brothers, this moving book will remain with me for a long time."--Jane Yolen, poet-writer of many books, including Briar Rose.
"Breaks new ground . . . a challenging, deeply moving book." --Patricia C. Wrede, author of such fantasy novels as the "Enchanted Forest Chronicles," and Snow White and Rose Red.
"Before the end, the homely and poetic detail, the lovingly-drawn characters, the enormous tension created by the weaving together of two times, make it impossible to stop. As you sit there dripping tears on the last pages, all you can really think is that love sometimes does not falter, and that when it does, sometimes it will pick itself up and try again." --Pamela Dean, novelist author of Tam Lin and other books.
Two struggles. Two curses. Two tales. One truth.
When Peg Kerr decided to write a novel based upon her favorite fairy tale, "The Wild Swans," she found that she wanted to write two stories, one set in the 17th century, and one in New York City in 1981. What did her two visions have in common? How could they be the same book? Then a bus passed her with a sign:
SILENCE = DEATH
Suddenly, the stories fit together.
In case it's not clear, this is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" in two historical settings: 17th-century New England, and New York City in 1981 (or so). The two narratives are braided together with the unrepeated original story by Andersen, with all of its mythic and fairy tale echoes, to form something greater than any of the three alone. The varied and changing repetition of the story elements brings an incantory power to particularly the more-or-less present-day story that resonates tragically in both dreams and nightmares, as well as in the newspapers and electoral politics of our everyday lives in twenty-first century America.
Warner Books ISBN 0-446-67366-8 $13.99 (in Canada: $17.99) 400 pages.
Actually, the web-site hasn't been updated in a while--but Peg's LiveJournal is consistently updated and always sparkling:
Subject: I have a LiveJournal!
I have a LiveJournal now which I plan to update everyday,
probably with an emphasis on writing/creativity. Please put the link in
my website, prominantly displayed near the top if possible. Thanks!
Comment from David: In just a couple of weeks, there's already enough new info and writing from Peg to make up for the many months this page has languished without updates. Peg discusses some of the events in her life, her long experience with a sort of writers' block, some of the books she's been reading, and some of her various wrtiing projects. Incidentally, she did read a fine story at the December program mentioned just below in the November 01 entry.
Also, it's perhaps worth mentioning that the Wild Swans discussion group has been active again, lately (see the Dec. 00 entry, below).
Peg may read a new story at the December 8 "Readings from Rivendell" program at Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis.
The Wild Swans mass market paperback is out.
This program was co-sponsored by the Southdale Public Library, the Rivendell Group of the Mythopoeic Society and The Minnesota Science Fiction Society (Minn-Stf).
Here are two bits of news: I just got an email from Betsy Mitchell, letting me know that they are going to be re-releasing Swans as a mass market paperback next November.
There is now an egroups discussion group on The Wild Swans has just started up. It's at:
It requires you to join the egroup if you'd like to participate in the discussion (you have to enable your browser to accept cookies, and put in a user name and a password). You can set your preferences for email; email digest, or webmail. There are about a dozen members now; perhaps it'll grow.
The Wild Swans was awarded The Spectrum Award,
sponsored by the Gaylactic Network.
Peg is featured guest at CONvergence. She'll be on a number of panels there, including one specifically on The Wild Swans. [July 7-9, downtown St. Paul Radisson. $50 At the door. FFI: CONVERGENCE 2000, P.O. Box 13208, Dinkytown Station, Minneapolis MN 55414, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.convergence-con.org ]
The Wild Swans is a finalist for The Spectrum Award, sponsored by the Gaylactic Network.
May 2000 [Updated 5/22/00]
Einblatt reports: Sat, May 20, 1-2PM. SFFWA Nebula Award Weekend Signing at Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, 2864 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls. Currently scheduled to sign: Lois McMaster Bujold, Peg Kerr, Eleanor Arnason, Larry Hobbs, C.J. Mills, Lars Walker, and probably Steve Brust. Other sf/fantasy authors are also welcome. FFI: Uncle Hugo's, 612-824-6347
Einblatt is posted on Usenet groups rec.arts.sf.fandom, alt.fandom.misc,
and mn.sf // Einblatt from July 95 to date is on the web at http://www.mnstf.org/einblatt/.
Einblatt is distributed via e-mailing-list send e-mail to
The Wild Swans is on the preliminary list of nominees for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award,.
On the other hand, the March Mythprint contains a letter questioning the wisdom and artistic success of combining two dissimilar stories in The Wild Swans.
The San Francisco/San Jose metro area group, Khazad-dum, of the Mythopoeic Society [http://www.mythsoc.org/kd.html], is discussing Peg's Wild Swanson February 13.
The SF Web Site (Internet host for Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, etc.), has just posted their Best SF and Fantasy Novels of 1999. There are ten novels on the list, and Peg's novel, The Wild Swans, made the list at #4. (Note: the latest Harry Potter book is #3 and Stephen King's book is #8). They describe the book as "an unexpected masterpiece." To see the list, go to: http://www.sfsite.com/columns/best00.htm
Emerald House Rising, Warner Aspect, June 1997.
The Wild Swans, Warner Aspect, April 1999.
"Analog Anniversary." Tales of the Unanticipated. Winter/Spring/Summer 1991,
Number 8, pp. 53-54.
"Analog Anniversary." Minnesota Technolog. April 1991, Vol 71, No. 5, pp. 20-22.
"Athena Keramitis." Fantasy & Science Fiction. February 1991. Vol 80, No. 2 (Whole
No. 477), pp. 70-88.
"Athena Keramitis." Nowa Fantastyka. Trans. Jacek Suchecki. Luty 1994. Numer
2 (137) pp. 9-16.
"Curses." Amazing Stories. July 1990. Vol 65, No. 2 (Whole Number 553), pp. 90-99.
"Debt in Kind." Weird Tales. Fall 1990. Vol. 52, No. 1 (Whole No. 298), pp. 105-110.
"Free Day." Tales of the Unanticipated. Spring 1987, Number 2, pp. 19-22.
"Free Day." (Reprint, slightly amended). 2041 A.D. Jane Yolen, ed. New York:
Delacorte Press, 1991.
"Free Day." Nowa Fantastyka. (Publication in Polish translation forthcorming).
"Lethe." Full Spectrum 3. Lou Aronica, Amy Stout, and Betsy Mitchell, eds. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
"Miss Pemberly." Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. Issue Three, Spring 1989, pp. 3-8.
"Treefall." Tales of the Unanticipated. Winter/Spring 1988, Number 3, pp. 54-55.
"Us Do Part." Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. Issue Four, Summer 1989, pp. 134-
"Watching." Tales of the Unanticipated. Spring/Summer 1989, Number 5, pp. 54-55.
"Between Books." A View from the Loft, Ellen Hawley,
ed., December, 1999, Vol. 22 No. 5, p. 4, 14-15.
"Imagining a Woman's Future: Interview with Eleanor Arnason." Minnesota Women's Press. July 1-14, 1992, p. 9.
"Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson." (With Eric M. Heideman). Tales of the
Unanticipated. Winter/Spring/Summer 1991, Number 8, pp. 32-38.
Review of Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grill by Steven Brust. Minnesota Daily February 21, 1990, p. 9.
"The Woman Who is Saddam Hussein." Minnesota Women's Press. March 13, 1991, p. 4.
"Wielding the Meatax." A View from the Loft, Ellen Hawley, ed., December 1997, Vol. 20 No. 5, p. 5, 10-11.
Pictured: Peg, with baby Delia, at the Rivendell Hobbits' Birthday Party at Andy & John Terwilligers', September, 1996. Photo by D. Lenander, used by permission.
Peg Kerr was born in a Chicago suburb, moved to Minnesota in attend St. Olaf College, and has stayed in Minnesota ever since.
With $50.00 from her first paycheck from her first job out of college, she registered for a science fiction and fantasy writing class. There, she met her husband and wrote the first story she ever sold. In hindsight, this is all quite pleasant consolation for the fact that she was fired from her job the day the class started.
She attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1988 and has an M.A. in English Literature, specializing in speculative fiction. Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, and various other magazines and anthologies (see attached bibliography). Emerald House Rising is her first novel. The Wild Swans, a stand-alone fantasy based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is her second.
She presently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.
used by permission of the author
Here's Warner's page for Peg http://www.pathfinder.com/twep/aspect/authors/peg_kerr/index.html
Review of The Wild Swans by David Soyka http://www.sfsite.com/07a/wild60.htm
And here's another, from The Mining Co. http://fantasy.about.com/library/weekly/aa063199.htm Yet another one, from Rambles: http://www.rambles.net/kerr_swans.html
Did I miss this one?: http://www.bookbrowser.com/Reviews/KerrPeg/swans.html
a review of Emerald House Rising: http://www.epiphyte.net/SF/emerald-house-rising.html
another review: http://www.mid-ga.com/sff/sffreviews/sfrev022.html
still another review: http://www.lightworks.com/MonthlyAspectarian/1997/June/0697-03.html , you have to search down pretty far through this essay about publishing to find the actual review of Peg's book, though. It's by Jacqueline Lichtenberg.
Update 7/19/99: just found another Emerald House Rising Review! http://www.rambles.net/kerr_emerald.html
another one, added 5/98: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/3932/reviews.html if that doesn't work, try: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/3932/emerald.html
Mythprint review of EHR by David Lenander.
the Locus short story listing: http://www.sff.net/locus/s305.html#A7383
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