Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Welcome to Bordertown by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to spotlight an upcoming release that we're excited about. This week I'm waiting on Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner.

Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories. 

I haven't read the original Bordertown series, but I don't think that will stop me from enjoying this.  There are so many wonderful fantasy writers that were involved in this book.  Neil Gaiman!  Holly Black!  Jane Yolen!  It's so exciting!  Lucky there isn't long to wait because Welcome to Bordertown will be out on May 24.


  1. I'm a big fan of Neil, Holly and Cassandra, so this is way up on my waiting list^^ Great pick :)

    Here is mine:
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  2. Wow, Neil Gaiman is on the book. Sound yummy. Unfortunately, the book cover is blur. I'd love to see in the right size

    My Wow

  3. I was really bummed when they were out of the ARC's at TLA. Can't wait for the real release!

  4. I haven't heard of this one before. Thanks for letting me know. So many good authors! Here's my WoW:
    Happy reading!

  5. Thanks for including us in your distinguished Wednesday list!

    If you'd like to read 3 of the original stories from previous volumes, they're up for free on our new website, under "Tales":

    Aleetha, you can see a big gorgeous blowup of the book's cover over on its page.

  6. Thanks Ellen! I will definitely check it out!

  7. Also, a new story by Cory Doctorow - sneak-peek from the anthology - up on
    also available as podcast:

    So excited!


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