Mark Z. Danielewski

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Mark Z.  Danielewski at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Mark Z. Danielewski pushed the boundaries of bestselling fiction with his experimental and phenomenal House of Leaves(1999) and with his novel in verse, Only Revolutions, a National Book Finalist in 2006 about two young lovers on a road trip.The internationally best-selling author has now crafted a powerfully chilling novella – a ghost story for grownup readers, The Fifty Year Sword. In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold. Originally published as a large-size limited edition and subsequently performed only on Halloween night as a live shadow show, The Fifty Year Sword is finally available in hardcover complete with newly stitched illustrations (by Danielewski and three seamstresses) and autumnal quotation marks. Danielewski was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles.

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