Nicola Griffith Returns to Atlanta with Hild!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:30am

Charis continues its 40th anniversary celebrations this week by welcoming long time Charis favorite and former Atlanta resident, Nicola Griffith back to Atlanta to read from the paperback release of her dazzling and powerful new work of fiction, Hild. Nicola is the author of the very popular Aud Torvingen novels: The Blue Place (1998), Stay (2002), and Always (2007)as well as two works of feminist speculative fiction: Ammonite (1993)which won both the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the Lambda Award, and was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, BSFA Award, and Locus Award. Her second novel, Slow River (1994), won the Nebula Award, for best novel,and another Lambda. From the NPR Review of Hild: "With gorgeously supple prose, Griffith tells the story of Hild, the seventh-century woman who would come to be revered as Saint Hilda. Hild is a world built fiber by fiber from the ground up, immersive as a river in rain. It is a world full of women of different intelligences, backgrounds, and classes — women who speak to each other, work and learn together, love and support each other through war, dynastic conflicts, religious upheaval. This is a world in which women participate fully on every level of society: they are brewers, shearers, weavers, doctors, queens, seers, warriors, sisters, mothers, wives, friends. Nor is this a book of secret history: it demonstrates very deftly how integral women were to society at a time when everyone had to work constantly to assure survival from year to year." This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center event. The suggested donation is $5 but we encourage you to consider making a birthday gift in honor of Charis Books' 40th birthday:

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Hild Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador USA - October 28th, 2014


In seventh-century Britain, a new religion is coming ashore and small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Hild is the king's youngest niece, with a glittering mind and a natural authority.

Stay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032303
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 10th, 2003

Aud (it rhymes with -shroud- ) Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands. As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority.

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ISBN: 9780345395375
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 20th, 1996

She awoke in an alley to the splash of rain. She was naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant was gone. Lore Van Oesterling had been the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she was nobody, and she had to hide.

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ISBN: 9780380790883
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 1st, 1999

A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine, Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South.

Ammonite Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345452382
Availability: Backordered
Published: Del Rey Books - April 30th, 2002

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep-and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives.