Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Tod Davies reads an excerpt from her newest book The Lizard Princess (Nov. 2015), third in The History of Arcadia series.
She is also the author of Snotty Saves the Day and Lily the Silent, as well as the cooking memoirs Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward telling stories AND cooking food is the same: it's all about working with the best of what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being, and, in doing so, to rediscover the best of our humanity. Davies lives with her husband, filmmaker Alex Cox, and their two dogs, in the mountain forests of Oregon.
Click on the soundcloud link below to experience an excerpt of The Lizard Princess, read by Tod Davies:
The word on The Lizard Princess:
Bittersweet. Lush. Human. The Lizard Princess crosses mountains, oceans, deserts, and the Moon Itself to meet her fate and the fate of Arcadia on the Road of the Dead. Her reward is the Key that opens the door to the Domain of Life where wisdom trumps knowledge, as it should in all good tales about the world, whether Arcadia's, or our own.
"Look inside this world and find wonder."—Kate Bernheimer, editor ofFairy Tale Review
"Blending the magic of fairy tales with the great existential mysteries, Tod Davies leads us into a phantasmagorical world that resurrects the complex lore of times past with vibrant narrative energy."—Maria Tatar, editor ofThe Cambridge Companion to Fairy Tales
"Imaginative."—Jack Zipes, author of The Irresistible Fairy Tale
"Innovative form and spellbinding content . . . Stories, as Tod Davies's History of Arcadia novels ultimately suggest, serve as a civilization's backbone, and it is therefore in stories too that we can discover the potential for fundamental change and a better society."—Marvels & Tales