At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Diana Wynne Jones, August 16 "Family Time"

AUGUST 16, 2014

DIANA WYNNE JONES (1934-2011) 


Location: Downtown Asheville NC

from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

At Shindig on the Green (on the South Side of the green near Pack's Tavern)  map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of poems by this English children's fantasy writer, whose early works the Harry Potter books are widely compared to as having been their model. The selection  will then be read to them.

Jones was recognized by the The British Fantasy Society for her significant impact on fantasy with its occasional Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and she received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. She was a fierce advocate for the cause of women writers in the children's fantasy and science fiction genres, noting when she received her award: "When I first started getting work published, I used to have wistful thoughts at the way all important awards were given to men. Women, I used to think, could be as innovative, imaginative and productive as possible - and women were the ones mostly at work in the field of fantasy for children and young adults - but only let a man enter the field, and people instantly regarded what he had to say and what he did as more Important. He got respectful reviews as well as awards, even if what he was doing - which it often was - was imitating the women. But you have changed all that. Thank you for being so enlightened."

More information about Diana Wynne Jones can be found at Wikipedia, and at her official website. Here is her obituary in The Guardian.


Meanwhile a certain amount of moaning and groaning was coming from upstairs. Sophie kept muttering to the dog and ignored it. A loud, hollow coughing followed, dying away into more moaning. Crashing sneezes followed the coughing, each one rattling the window and all the doors. Sophie found those harder to ignore, but she managed. Poot-pooooot! went a blown nose, like a bassoon in a tunnel. The coughing started again, mingled with moans. Sneezes mixed with the moans and the coughs, and the sounds rose to a crescendo in which Howl seemed to be managing to cough, groan, blow his nose, sneeze, and wail gently all at the same time. The doors rattled, the beams in the ceiling shook, and one of Calcifer’s logs rolled off onto the hearth.

“All right, all right, I get the message!” Sophie said, dumping the log back into the grate. “It’ll be green slime next”.

from "Howl's Moving Castle"

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