New fairy tales for adults and children. With his signature comic wit, David Arnason transforms 2000 years of classics into 20 tales of love, loss, and triumph for today's reader.
“Fairy tales have been making a big comeback in adult format as various authors update them for our times. David Arnason, an English professor from Manitoba, has thrown his hat into the fairy tale ring. And what a hat.”— Cass Morrison, Calgary Herald
"David Arnason draws the reader into a world of fantasy and does just what fairy tales have done for generations — makes the listener sit back and dream." — Adelia Neufeld Wiens, Winnipeg Free Press
"…these accessible tales are dazzlingly witty, thought-provoking, hilarious, and sometimes sombre." — Bill Schermbrucker, Event
“David Arnason’s short stories … take us out of ourselves and back through doors of fable into lives we find both fresh and familiar.” — Ralph Kuropatwa, Prairie Fire Magazine
"Arnason is committed to the idea that the vitality of narrative lies in the untold. In his tellings of history and his untellings of fairy tales, he continues to weave his own intricate and vital traps." — Robert Enright, Border Crossings
“His stories have the same dry Prairie-born feel of Garrison Keillor. You're drawn along by the slow, rhythmic progression rather than the mad rush of excitement … you can't stop reading. And when you burst out laughing in the middle of a coffee shop, just point at the book.” — Jason A. Keenan, The Summit
David Arnason is an acclaimed novelist, writer of short fiction, and editor. A finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour (King Jerry) and a winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (The Imagined City), David has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972. He has served as both the acting head of the Department of Icelandic Studies and head of the Department of English. Currently, he lives and writes in Gimli, MB.