Happy birthday to the iconic grandmaster Jane Yolen
Photo: Jason Stemple
Called both the Hans
Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century,
Jane Yolen, with her first publication, the non-fiction book about
women pirates PIRATES IN PETTICOATS (1963), began an amazing career
of over three hundred and fifty books (and counting). Her impressive
and acclaimed output includes children’s fiction, poetry, short
stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
Her best-known publications include OWL MOON, THE DEVIL’S
ARITHMETIC, BRIAR ROSE, and SISTER LIGHT, SISTER DARK.
Among her many
honors are the Caldecott Medal (OWL MOON ), Christopher Medal
(THE SEEING STICK , HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT? ),
Nebula (“Sister Emily’s Lightship” , Lost Girls ),
World Fantasy (FAVORITE FOLKTALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD ),
Mythopoeic (CARDS OF GRIEF , BRIAR ROSE , THE YOUNG
MERLIN TRILOGY [1998, PASSAGER, HOBBY, and MERLIN]), Golden Kite (THE
GIRL WHO CRIED FLOWERS & OTHER TALES ), and National Jewish Book Award (THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC ). Yolen received the World
Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the
Rhysling Science Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award, and will be
presented the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at 52nd
Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony on May 18-21, 2017.
Many of Yolen’s
shorter works have been collected in numerous works including THE
GIRL WHO CRIED FLOWERS AND OTHER TALES, THE HUNDREDTH DOVE AND OTHER
TALES, DREAM WEAVER, THE WHITETHORN WOOD AND OTHER MAGICKS,
STORYTELLER, TWELVE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST, SISTER
EMILY’S LIGHTSHIP AND OTHER STORIES, ONCE UPON A TIME (SHE SAID), THE
LAST SELCHIE CHILD, and the forthcoming THE EMERALD CIRCUS. Her
editorial works include the anthologies ZOO 2000, FAVORITE FOLKTALES
FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WEREWOLVES: A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL STORIES,
2041: TWELVE SHORT STORIES ABOUT THE FUTURE BY TOP SCIENCE FICTION
WRITERS, THE HAUNTED HOUSE: A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL STORIES (with
Martin H. Greenberg), FEARLESS GIRLS, WISE WOMEN, AND BELOVED
SISTERS: HEROINES IN FOLKTALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (with Kathleen
Ragan), GRAY HEROES: ELDER TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, and MIGHTIER
THAN THE SWORD: WORLD FOLKTALES FOR STRONG BOYS.
apparently never sleeps, Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a
book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew,
All of us at
Tachyon, wish the incredible Jane a happy birthday. May your mythic
travels never end.
For more info on THE EMERALD CIRCUS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover design by Elizabeth Story