Nicola Griffith

Anticipation, anticipation. The author of numerous award-winning novels and stories, Nicola Griffith is a writer whose work is loved and held to heart by many. Probably the most beloved of those books is her award-winning, Arhurian-era Hild. She is back - and then some - with a successor to that singular story, her new book, Spear ( We are thrilled to be helping welcome Spear into the world with our friends and colleagues at The Seattle Public Library.

"This fresh, emotionally immediate queer spin on the medieval tale of Percival and the Holy Grail reaffirms Griffith as a consummate storyteller . . . Steeped in period texture that brings remote history fully into the present, and lushly illustrated by Rovina Cai (The Seventh Raven), this tale of destiny, belonging, and home is a genuine pleasure." —Publishers Weekly.

"If Le Guin wrote a Camelot story, I imagine it would feel like Spear: humane, intelligent, and deeply beautiful. It's a new story with very old bones, a strange place that feels like home. It's exactly what I needed."—Alix E. Harrow.

“Nicola Griffith braids the Percival tales to her own ferocious imagination, and the results are spellbinding. Her novel is a reclamation of the touchstones of Arthurian myth—skewering received notions with the sharp point of her pen. If that sounds too theoretical, let me also say that it's a screamingly hot canon-queering epic filled with bloody battles, and world-shaking magic. Spear is an unprecedented and spectacular investigation of the Matter of Britain. I've been waiting years for this book about the once and future everyone else to exist.”—Maria Dahvana Headley.

Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library ( and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.

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ISBN: 9781250819321
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - April 19th, 2022

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Seattle, WA 98104
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
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