Author doubleheader at Eagle Harbor Books

Anca L. Szilágyi and Julie Christine Johnson will visit Eagle Harbor Book Company for a doubleheader discussion of elegant and memorable writing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

Szilágyi will talk about her debut novel, “The Daughters of the Air,” and Port Townsend-based Johnson (“In Another Life”) will offer a look at her latest novel, “The Crows of Beara.”

Both of their literary novels include elements of the fantastic.

Szilágyi’s book tells the story of Tatiana “Pluta” Spektor, who was a mostly happy, if awkward, young girl — until her sociologist father was disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War. Sent a world away by her grieving mother to attend boarding school outside New York City, Pluta wrestles alone with the unresolved tragedy and at last runs away to the streets of Brooklyn in 1980, where she figuratively — and literally — spreads her wings.

Told with haunting fabulist imagery, this searing tale of love, loss, estrangement and coming of age is an unflinching exploration of the personal devastation wrought by political repression.

Zilágyi’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Gastronomica, and Fairy Tale Review, among other publications.

Johnson’s new novel takes place along the windswept coast of Ireland, where a woman discovers the landscape of her own heart.

When Annie Crowe travels from Seattle to a small Irish village to promote a new copper mine her public relations career is hanging in the balance. Struggling to overcome her troubled past and a failing marriage, Annie is eager for a chance to rebuild her life. Yet, when she arrives on the remote Beara Peninsula, Annie learns that the mine would encroach on the nesting ground of an endangered bird: the Red-billed Chough, and many in the community are fiercely protective of this wild place.

Among them is Daniel Savage, a local artist battling demons of his own, who has been recruited to help block the mine. Despite their differences, Annie and Daniel find themselves drawn toward each other, and inexplicably they begin to hear the same voice — a strange, distant whisper of Gaelic, like sorrow blowing in the wind.

Guided by ancient mythology and challenged by modern problems, Annie must confront the half-truths she has been sent to spread and the lies she has been telling herself.

Johnson has written short stories and essays that have appeared in journals including Emerge Literary Journal, Mud Season Review, Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim, Cobalt, and River Poets Journal; in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and have been featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words.

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