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Kira Apple grew up in the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania, moving to Florida five years ago to attend Florida Atlantic University for Comparative Studies. She's now a PhD candidate, and her research focuses on fantasy, digital media, audiences, and affect. Her dissertation (very much a work-in-progress) looks at belonging and found family in fantasy fiction podcasts and their surrounding fan communities.

Kira has a chapter in the forthcoming book Roleplaying Games in the Digital Age: Essays on Transmedia Storytelling, Tabletop RPGs, and Fandom from McFarland. Her piece looks at collaborative storytelling, worldbuilding, and audience participation in the actual-play D&D fantasy comedy podcast The Adventure Zone. Additionally, from 2016-2019, she was the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Language and Sexuality.

Kira has read, studied, and loved books, particularly fantasy and science fiction, since she was a child. She worked at multiple bookstores in Pennsylvania, even owning her own used bookstore, The Wise Owl, for a time. Kira is also active in the audio fiction community and lends her voice to a number of shows, including Superstition and The Way We Haunt Now (coming October 2020). 

An extremely amateur crocheter, she fills the rest of her time with writing fantasy stories, playing RPGs and video games, listening to speculative fiction podcasts, and volunteering for cat rescues. She lives in Decatur with her fiancé and four cats: Magrathea, Ichabod Crane, Hazelnut, and Mr. Tumnus.

 

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.


The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278272
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Published: HarperTeen - March 3rd, 2020

From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey—and inviting readers along for the ride.


Living a Feminist Life Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780822363194
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Published: Duke University Press - February 3rd, 2017

In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work.


Practical Magic: 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Alice Hoffman, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780425190371
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - August 5th, 2003

*25th Anniversary Edition*—with a New Introduction by the Author!

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons.


The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!


A Prince on Paper: Reluctant Royals Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780062685582
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Published: Avon - April 30th, 2019

Named one of Amazon's Best Romances of May!

The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…


Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *

* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?


The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."--Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards


This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

HUGO AWARD WINNER: BEST NOVELLA

NEBULA AND LOCUS AWARDS WINNER: BEST NOVELLA

“[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This sh


The Witch Boy Cover Image
$11.69
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted . . . and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.