Australian writer Margo Lanagan has a new book coming out. Best known for her speculative short story compilations, Margo was the key-note speaker at the South Island’s Children’s Librarians Conference in March. She talked about her resistance to providing moral lessons in her work for children and young adults and also the need for authenticity, as children can detect dishonesty.
Her “hit single” as she put it, comes from her anthology Black Juice. “Singing my sister down” is a complete short story. It lingers in your mind and is something I go back to everytime I want to really learn about creating effective short fiction.
Her new book is called Tender Morsels and it’s already received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. It’s getting rave reviews from people in the blog world too –
“This book is nevertheless a marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan’s place at the very razor’s edge of YA speculative fiction.” – Booklist