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Author Week #5: Karin Tidbeck

We have another Author Week here at the World SF Blog after our hiatus. This time, it’s Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck, and to mark the release of her latest collection, Jagannath: Stories, published by Cheeky Frawg, we’re giving away three (3) copies of the book. For a chance to win, simply comment down below, and make sure to fill in your e-mail address so we know to contact you if you won. Competition closes on Friday, and we’ll announce the winners on Monday.

Also, watch this space as we publish a short story, an interview, a review, and a guest post from Tibeck.

Karin Tidbeck has published short stories and poetry in Swedish since 2002, and in English since 2010. Her 2010 book debut, the short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon?, awarded her the coveted one-year working grant from the Swedish Authors’ Fund. Her English publication history includesWeird TalesShimmer MagazineUnstuck Annual and the anthology Odd?.  She also recently sold her first novel to Sweden’s largest publisher.

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote: “I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck’s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable–quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories.”

Update: From Jeff VanderMeer in the comments: Just to make it interesting, Cheeky Frawg will also throw in ebooks by Amal El-Mohtar, Amos Tutuola, and Leena Krohn for those winners who want them (the Tutuola and Krohn will be available by the end of the month). In addition, we will stick in a couple extra treats with the Jagannaths that are sent out….

Update 2: The winners are Kyle, Francene Lewis, and kummakissa. Congratulations!


November 12, 2012 - Posted by | November 2012 | , , ,


  1. I’d love to win one. And what a great cover!


    Comment by hierath | November 12, 2012

  2. Looks good! 🙂 I’d love to be entered to have a chance to win a copy.

    Comment by VictoriaH | November 12, 2012

  3. Looks really interesting! I wouldn’t mind winning, either :p

    Comment by kummakissa | November 12, 2012

  4. It is an excellent collection, I love it so far. And because of this I would love to have a physical copy of the collection too. (Dreaming a bit of a signed one 😉 ).

    Comment by Mihai A. | November 12, 2012

  5. I love collections like these, and this one looks to be fantastic! (pun intended)

    Comment by Wolfen Lee McKoy | November 12, 2012

  6. That is a great cover.

    Comment by benjb | November 12, 2012

    • And apparently my WordPress account isn’t attached to any email, so mine is

      Comment by benjb | November 12, 2012

  7. In for the giveaway.

    Comment by Ronak M Soni | November 12, 2012

  8. The cover is immensely striking.

    (JAGANATH is on my list of “collections to get” along with AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER OF BEES. I’m hoping sometime this winter.)

    Comment by Liz Bourke | November 12, 2012

  9. Did someone say “free books”? ‘Cuz I thought I heard someone say “free books”!

    Comment by Ian Johnson | November 12, 2012

  10. I’d love to get a copy! Signed if possible.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Kairam | November 12, 2012

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Susanna P | November 12, 2012

  12. Hi!

    Just a reminder to leave your email (when you fill in your login) so that we know how to contact you in case you win!


    Comment by charlesatan | November 12, 2012

  13. Just to make it interesting, Cheeky Frawg will also throw in ebooks by Amal El-Mohtar, Amos Tutuola, and Leena Krohn for those winners who want them (the Tutuola and Krohn will be available by the end of the month). In addition, we will stick in a couple extra treats with the Jagannaths that are sent out….

    Comment by Jeff VanderMeer | November 12, 2012

  14. Weird Winnings for the Win!!!

    Comment by Scott | November 12, 2012

  15. I would love a copy! I read “Cloudberry Jam” at NPR and it blowed me away!

    Comment by Hernán Ortiz | November 12, 2012

  16. Intriguing. Looking forward to hearing more from Ms. Tidbeck this week.

    Thanks for the chance to win this volume!

    Comment by Nathan | November 12, 2012

  17. Oh, this looks lovely; thanks for the opportunity!

    Comment by mordicai | November 12, 2012

  18. Would love a copy. Thanks for the opportunity. (Just in case: nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com )

    Comment by tmso | November 12, 2012

  19. So excited about this book! Would love to win one.

    Comment by turducken | November 12, 2012

  20. I would be interested in a copy of Jagannath. Thank you.

    Comment by Athena Andreadis | November 12, 2012

  21. I only discovered this blog today and have never heard of this author, but I love SF and fantasy and would love to get to know her.

    Comment by kokkieh | November 12, 2012

  22. I would love to win 🙂

    Comment by Korppisusi | November 12, 2012

  23. I am thrilled to find a new Scandinavian author who writes weird Nordic tales in English. There are many brilliant authors here who never get translated, so I am so happy to find the few who try to write in English. Would love to read her. Gorgeous cover too 🙂

    Comment by MaHelgad | November 12, 2012

  24. Me! Me!

    Comment by Sofia | November 13, 2012

  25. I heard about this at World Fantasy and saw Ms. Tidbeck speak on the translation panel. Sadly, our release party was at the same time as yours and I missed it. I will be picking this up one way or another, in any case.

    Comment by Beverly | November 13, 2012

  26. I would love to win and read this book. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Comment by 최다해 gongjumonica | November 13, 2012

  27. Yes, please! Am on the waiting list for her Swedish books at my city library, and it would be nice to read her in English as well.

    Comment by Peeter | November 13, 2012

  28. I’ve been meaning to grab a copy of this for a while – looks great. Fingers crossed…

    Comment by Martin Jenner | November 13, 2012

  29. Tossing my hat in.

    Comment by David J. Schwartz | November 13, 2012

  30. I love stories based on folktales/magical realism and this sounds really interesting. Please place me on the list. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Comment by Francene Lewis | November 13, 2012

  31. In this case ‘lust’ is not just a verb. It’s a passion that consumes from the inside out. It is a slow burn eating through sanity and sense. It’s a need that circumvents thought and stalls the blood in my veins.

    I want Karin Tidbeck’s book! (please).

    Comment by rimesavage | November 13, 2012

  32. Interesting cover. I would like to win a copy. 🙂

    Comment by shweta | November 13, 2012

  33. Have finally awakened to non Anglo-American SF/Fantasy. Would love to read this one.

    Comment by Gordon Bingham | November 13, 2012

  34. Not that common, the chance to read and know a non Anglo-American author: count me in.

    Comment by fhrodri | November 13, 2012

  35. I want to read the book. Like now!

    Comment by Leena | November 14, 2012

  36. I’m looking forward to reading this. It sounds absolutely lovely.

    Comment by Kyle | November 15, 2012

  37. This sounds great.

    Comment by A Zee | November 15, 2012

  38. I’ve ordered her Swedish collection but would love to read the English as well.

    Comment by larsahn | November 15, 2012

  39. It sounds just wonderful

    Comment by Shigekuni | November 16, 2012

  40. i’m always glad to see non-english spec fic books translated into english. unfortunately, though i’m always on the lookout for the new authors not in the mainstream (i.e. not yet in english), language limitation always forces me to wait until someone decides to translate the works. so yes, sign me up for a free book. (my email address is just in case.)

    Comment by banzaicat | November 16, 2012

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