Publisher: AK Press
Released: February 1, 2022
Visionary fiction and poetry from bestselling author adrienne maree brown.
Fables and Spells, a gathering of adrienne maree brown’s short stories and poems, is a vibrant selection of speculative works, both previously published and brand new. Included here is her most beloved story, “The River”—which Strange Horizons calls “beautifully written”—as well as two sequel tales comprising her Water Trio. The remaining fourteen tales and nineteen poems explore moments of beauty, conflict, and transformation, weaving deep, radical lessons into the folds of the fantastical. Reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans lead to surprising biological changes. A found audio fragment from the year 2067 shows the triumph over competition and death by those who understand that “our roots are intertwined.” Her swirling “spells” play on the edge of poetry with directives, chants, and world-bending efforts to engage the present toward a different future.
In the past, brown has referred to herself as “a fiction writer temporarily writing nonfiction and a poet trying to change the world.” Fables and Spells represents a homecoming, a kaleidoscopic gift for fans of her work and all lovers of speculative literature. The book overflows with brilliant, new visions of change and possibility.
adrienne maree brown is a writer living in Detroit. Her previous work includes Octavia’s Brood, Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, We Will Not Cancel Us, and short fiction in The Funambulist, Harvard Design Review, and Dark Mountain. Her writing is informed by more than two decades of social justice movement work as a facilitator. She is the writer-in-residence at Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.