The prodigious Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer, whose story “Goodnight” we feature in Little Star Weekly this week, has more going on than can possibly be expressed in one tiny author’s note.

First of all, her anthology, xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, is due out in a month. It is a follow-up to her widely admired previous anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, which won the World Fantasy Award. Look at the writers she has lined up for this enterprise!  Little Star’s own Kathryn Davis, Joy Williams, and Sigrid Nunez, plus Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Neil Labute, Rikki Ducornet, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Chris Adrian, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth McCracken, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Sheila Heti, and a whole lot more.

But she should know, as the founding editor of Fairy Tale Review.

Meanwhile, another section of the novel-in-progress, Happy Hour, of which her Little Star story is a part, will appear as a chapbook this fall under the title Floater from Origami Zoo Press, with illustrations by Noah Saterstrom. Happy Hour will join her four previous novels and two books of stories, the most recent of which, How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, is due this spring from Coffee House Press.

Plus—pant, pant—her second children’s book (her first was a PW book of the year), The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair, will also be published this fall.

If all this sounds a bit exhausting for the last week of summer, just download Little Star Weekly and see how the ancient and the new coalesce in Kate’s lyrical, mysterious story.

It is most interesting to us at Little Star to see these old ways of telling stories revive themselves in new young voices.

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