Monday, January 14, 2013

The Audio Series: Tod Davies

Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.   

Today, Tod Davies reads to us from her novel Lily the SilentShe is the author of Snotty Saves the Day, and Lily the Silent, books one and two of The History of Arcadia series. She believes that imagination forms stories, and that stories form reality--which means that imagination forms reality. So it's not at all strange that the world of Arcadia, which has discovered the same principle to be true, should be sharing their fairy tales with our world through her.

By the way, she not only believes in mermaids, she has met one recently, and can guarantee that the Arcadian description of them, related in this recording, is completely true.

Click the soundcloud bar to experience an excerpt of Lily the Silent, as read by Tod Davies.

The word on Lily the Silent:

Lily leads a serene life in Arcadia until the forces of Megalopolis invade. Rescued from slavery by a prince of Megalopolis, Lily is sent to retrieve a very important key. Aided by her friends, her dog Rex, and even Death herself, Lily's adventures take her from the Moons to the Bottom of the Sea, and finally back to Megalopolis, where she faces the decision of her life. Will she choose True Love and relinquish the key to those in Power or will she risk everything for who she is and return the key to Arcadia?

Narrated by Lily's daughter, Sophia the Wise, this is a story about a girl who learns to live by her own light and--no matter how reluctantly--become the queen her people need. Full of Arcadian legends, it is also a fairy tale within a fairy tale about a troubled world not unlike our own, as well as a beautifully illustrated prequel to "Snotty Saves the Day," which critics and booksellers hailed as "Lewis Carroll with footnotes by Jonathan Swift," while comparing it to authors whose work can be savored by readers of all ages: Susanna Clark, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, and L. Frank Baum.

Tod Davies lives with her husband and her two dogs in the alpine valley of Colestin, in Oregon, where she discovered the first Arcadian manuscript, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado.

Mike Madrid, a native San Franciscan, is the author of "The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines."
*lifted from goodreads, with love

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