Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Jacqueline West - The Books of Elsewhere

by Jacqueline West

Old Ms. McMartin is definitely dead, and now her crumbling Victorian mansion lies vacant. When eleven-year-old Olive and her dippy mathematician parents move in, Olive is right to think there’s something odd about the place—not least the walls covered in strange antique paintings. But when she finds a pair of old glasses in a dusty drawer, Olive discovers the most peculiar thing yet. She can travel inside these paintings to Elsewhere, a place that’s strangely quiet…and eerily familiar. Olive soon finds herself ensnared in a plan darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. It’s up to her to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Jacqueline West lives with her husband in Red Wing, Minnesota, surrounded by small heaps of dog hair and large heaps of books. Her work has been published in journals including The Pedestal Magazine, Saint Ann’s Review, Strange Horizons, Barnwood, and Ideomancer, and her poetry has received a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize as well as two Pushcart nominations.

A book release party for The Books of Elsewhere will be held at Red Wing’s Best of Times Bookstore, on Thursday, June 17th, at 7:00 p.m. http://www.bestoftimesbookstore.com/event/soon-be-famous-red-wing-author-jacqueline-west


Cherma (poetry chapbook) – Parallel Press, 2010 http://parallelpress.library.wisc.edu/chapbooks/poetry/author.shtml?west

June 15, 2010

Dial/Penguin’s trailer for The Books of Elsewhere, featuring music from the audiobook and the art of illustrator Poly Bernatene, can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51bqEMUZdpQ

Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of Penguin) http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780803734401,00.html

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