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GennaRose Nethercott

Thistlefoot

GennaRose Nethercott is a writer and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont. Her first book, The Lumberjack’s Dove, was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and her debut novel is the modern fairytale Thistlefoot. She tours nationally and internationally, performing strange tales (sometimes with puppets in tow) and composing poems-to-order on an antique typewriter with her team The Traveling Poetry Emporium. 

In Thistlefoot, the Yaga siblings—Bellatine, a young woodworker, and Isaac, an actor and con artist—have been estranged since childhood. But when they receive a mysterious inheritance from their twice-great-grandmother near Kyiv, the siblings reunite—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. In the tradition of modern fairytales comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore and Jewish myth—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story. 

October 22, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Saturday

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GennaRose Nethercott + Annie Hartnett

In Thistlefoot, the Yaga siblings have been estranged since childhood. But when they receive a mysterious inheritance from their twice-great-grandmother near Kyiv, the two reunite—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. In the tradition of modern fairytales comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore and Jewish myth—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story.

In the darkly comic novel Unlikely Animals, Emma Starling returns to her small hometown in New Hampshire to care for her father, who is dying from a mysterious brain disease. Her dad has been hallucinating small animals, as well as having visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving him some ideas on how to spend his final days.

Bonus: Panel will include a shadow puppet show.

Ron Robinson Theater, 2:30-3:30 p.m.