october, 2018

14oct5:00 pmAuthor Jack Zipes to discuss and sign copies of his new books Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump and The Book of One Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria

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The author is available for interview and review copies are available upon request.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
FEARLESS IVAN AND HIS FAITHFUL HORSE DOUBLE-HUMP:
“Many years ago in the great empire of Russia where wicked winds and cruel storms tormented the lives of poor peasants . . .” So begins the magical story of a simple peasant boy who defeats a cruel tsar with the help of his loyal pony. Written by the Russian poet Pyotr Yershov and first published in 1834, the tale became such a favorite and was so often repeated that it soon joined the oral tradition of Russian folklore that had been Yershov’s inspiration.In Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump, Jack Zipes, doyen of folklorists, adapts this classic tale, capturing the full charm and exoticism of the original. Rendered in the style and idiom of traditional Russian folk tales, the story speaks with the voice of the underdog, slyly satirizing the hypocrisy of the Russian bureaucracy and ruling classes—a taunt to tyranny that transcends time.With pertinent historical and biographical commentary from Zipes, along with thirty striking illustrations by Russian artists that were originally featured on postcards, this timeless tale—written for adults and celebrated as a children’s classic—is now a visual and literary delight for all generations of readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

Pyotr Yershov (1815–1869) was a Russian poet and author. His most famous work is the poem The Little Humpbacked Horse, originally published in 1834.

Jack Zipes is professor emeritus in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of more than forty books, including Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards (Minnesota, 2017); The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern WorldBreaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales; and Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry.

FEARLESS IVAN AND HIS FAITHFUL HORSE DOUBLE-HUMP: A Russian Folk Tale

By Pyotr Yershov and Jack Zipes

University of Minnesota Press | 96 pages | July 2018

ISBN 978-1-5179-0482-1 | hardcover | $18.95

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage:
https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/fearless-ivan-and-his-faithful-horse-double-hump

THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED RIDDLES OF THE FAIRY BELLARIA:
Charles Godfrey Leland was one of the most popular American writers and artists of the nineteenth century, publishing more than twenty books of legends, fairy tales, humor, and essays. Today, however, he is a woefully underappreciated writer. Written, designed, and illustrated by Leland in 1892, The Book of One Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria is a forgotten classic and a small sample of his influential and experimental work.

The Book of One Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria features the Scheherazade-like fairy goddess Bellaria: powerful and mysterious, courageous and clever, goddess of spring, flowers, love, fate, and death. In this story, Bellaria engages in a duel of wits with an evil king, a death match of one hundred riddles. Each riddle is spoken as a rhyme and illustrated by an original engraving in the arts and crafts style. This book is a beautiful reintroduction to Leland and his pioneering design.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Charles Godfrey Leland (1824–1903) was an American humorist, writer, and folklorist. Primarily known during his lifetime for his comic Hans Breitmann’s Ballads (1871), he wrote extensively on folklore, paganism, and linguistics. He is author of Pidgin-English Sing-Song and Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches.

Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. He is author of more than forty books, including Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards and Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump, both from Minnesota. 

THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED RIDDLES OF THE FAIRY BELLARIA
By Charles Godfrey Leland
Edited by Jack Zipes
University of Minnesota Press | 168 pages | October 2018
ISBN 978-1-5179-0608-5 | Lithocase | $24.95

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage:
https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-book-of-one-hundred-riddles-of-the-fairy

REVIEW AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Review copies and interviews available upon request.

PRESS CONTACT:

presspr@umn.edu | 612.301.1932 | http://www.upress.umn.edu

Time

(Sunday) 5:00 pm

Location

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Organizer

U of M Presspresspr@umn.edu

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