Toni Mirosevich with Valerie Trueblood
Originally from Everett, and then with many years living in and near Seattle, Toni Mirosevich makes this welcome return to home country from her northern California home to read from her new book of linked stories, Spell Heaven (Counterpoint). Toni Mirosevich is the author of a fine book of essays, Pink Harvest, and several collections of poetry; this marks her fiction debut.
"In the opening story of Spell Heaven, a fishwife asks the narrator, 'Do you know the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story?' . . . This artful collection of 23 linked stories, a sort of 'Cannery Row' of Northern California, is both. The hardscrabble characters tell their sea stories, but the sea that surrounds the inhabitants of the small town of Seaview is like a capricious character in a fairy tale. It tosses boats, drowns with rogue waves, yet sometimes washes up treasures." —Thaisa Frank, San Francisco Chronicle.
"Living through a global pandemic provides its own kind of 'fish story,' but it’s the real thing that occupies Mirosevich, herself (like her narrator) the daughter of a fisherman and a cannery worker, bound inextricably to the sea, body and soul. Not ineffably, though—Mirosevich’s personal language and cadence is of the sea and is a known language to everyone who has descended from seafaring or sea-sifting people . . . The sentences are tossed by uneven swells and surges, of waves crashing and hulls listing catastrophically. Even in quieter moments, landlocked moments, the lines move at times at a twelve-knot clip over rolling swells, at other times at anchor, letting light ripples nudge the lines in trochaic pulses." —Jennifer Carr, Boom California.
With Toni Mirosevich in virtual conversation this evening is another excellent fiction writer published by Counterpoint, Seattle’s Valerie Trueblood. Her books include the novel, Seven Loves, and the short story collections Marry or Burn, Search Party, and Criminals.