E. Lily Yu with Beth Jusino — 'Jewel Box: Stories'

The strange, the sublime, and the monstrous confront one another with astonishing consequences in this collection of twenty-two stories from award-winning writer E. Lily Yu.


Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome E. Lily Yu to our Ravenna store! Yu will be discussing her debut short story collection, Jewel Box: Stories. She will be joined in conversation by Beth Jusino. This event is free and open to the public.

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About The Jewel Box. . .

In the village of Yiwei, a fallen wasp nest unfurls into a beautifully accurate map. In a field in Louisiana, birdwatchers forge an indelible connection over a shared glimpse of a Vermilion Flycatcher, and fall. In Nineveh, a judge who prides himself on impartiality finds himself questioned by a mysterious god. On a nameless shore, a small monster searches for refuge and finds unexpected courage.

At turns bittersweet and boundary-breaking, poignant and profound, these twenty-two stories sing, as the oldest fables do, of what it means to be alive in this strange, terrible, beautiful world. For readers who loved the intelligence and compassion in Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century and the dreamlike prose of Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners, this collection introduces the short fiction of E. Lily Yu, winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and author of the Washington Book Award–winning novel On Fragile Waves, praised by the New York Times Book Review as "devastating and perfect."


Praise for The Jewel Box. . .

“Like Oscar Wilde or Ray Bradbury, E. Lily Yu writes the kind of delicious short stories that come with a sting in the tail. Utterly beguiling.”
—Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog

E. Lily Yu is the author of the novel On Fragile Waves, which received the 2022 Washington State Book Award for fiction, as well as the story collection Jewel Box, forthcoming in 2023. She received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. More than thirty of her stories have appeared in venues from McSweeney's to Tor.com, as well as thirteen best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards.

Beth Jusino is an award-winning author, editor, teacher, and publishing consultant, with a passion for helping individuals share their stories. She is the author of the memoir Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago, and The Author’s Guide to Marketing. In addition, she's been a bylined collaborator, contributor, or ghostwriter to more than a dozen titles published by large and small presses. Beth is on the faculty of the University of Washington's School of Professional and Continuing Education, and is a member of The Authors Guild and the Northwest Editors Guild. She teaches classes on the business and craft of writing at Seattle's Hugo House and Bainbridge Island's BARN, as well as at conferences, libraries, and literary festivals across the country. 

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