for Beginners is the highly anticipated second collection by
Kelly Link, the author of the cult favorite collection Stranger
Things Happen. As the title suggests, this is an
engaging, funny, and magical selection of stories about haunted
convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly
apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriages, and
cannons, and includes several stories original to the collection.
Stories from Magic for Beginners have previously been published
in McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Conjunctions,
and The Dark.
and signed by the author and illustrator and includes two tipped-in
plates: an enlargement of the title story illustration and a color
reproduction of the trade dustjacket painting by Shelley Jackson
which is based on "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da
Vinci held in The Czartoryskich Museum in Krakow. Printed by Thomson-Shore
of Dexter, MI, on 70# Finch Opaque Cream White Smooth paper, with
80# Oatmeal Rainbow Endpapers, Smyth Sewn in Cobalt Blue Pearl Linen
Cloth, with a ribbon to keep your place.
by a deck of poker cards backed with the cover illustration and
illustrated with Shelley Jackson's interior illustrations.