Press Release: Pulitzer Prize Winner: Kelly Link

Press Release: Pulitzer Prize Winner: Kelly Link



Candlewick Press congratulates Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist Kelly Link

Acclaimed collections Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections,

edited by Link, available now from Candlewick


APRIL 19, 2016—Kelly Link, whose 2016 Get in Trouble: Stories was yesterday named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, has also coedited two anthologies for Candlewick Press. The anthologies, Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (2011) and Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (2014), both coedited with Gavin J. Grant, include contributions by such luminaries as Link, M. St. Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, and Patrick Ness.

In a starred review of Steampunk!—one of five starred reviews received by the book—Kirkus Reviews wrote: “An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.”

Monstrous Affections was called “luminous” by The New York Times, and “a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror fiction” by School Library Journal.

Both titles are available as $2.99 e-books this month, as part of an E-Volt promotion.!

An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

Hardback ISBN:  9780763648435

Paperback ISBN: 9780763657970

E-book ISBN: 9780763683627



Praise and Honors for Steampunk!

Five starred reviews!

“Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“From rebellious  motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine,  and there isn't a weak story in the  mix; each one offers depth and delight.” – Booklist (starred review)

“Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone...This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will  do much to further its audience.” – School Library Journal (starred review)

“Each story challenges the boundaries of the steampunk aesthetic, while standing  on its own as thoughtful, insightful works of short fiction… For those not so pedagogically inclined, it’s got my vote for the best  collection of steampunk I’ve seen so far, not only as steampunk tales, but as  damn fine short stories in their own right.” – 

“Hot, hot, hot.  Each of the stories is its own unique little gem.” – Someday My Printz Will Come 


Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year Honor Award winner

WGBH Best Book of 2011 

Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Books & Gift Ideas selection Affections

An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

Hardback ISBN:  9780763664732

E-book ISBN: 9780763670856


Praise and Honors for Monstrous Affections

“Luminous... There are wonderful stories... M. T. Anderson’s ‘Quick Hill’ is a tour de force of contemporary short fiction. It does, as well as anything I’ve read recently, what scary stories are supposed to do: It says what we feel, but cannot say.” – New York Times Book Review  


“Best collection of monster stories of the year.” – Chicago Tribune

“It’s equal parts playful and sharp-edged, fooling around with tropes and clichés here while weaving disturbing and intimate fictions there.” – 

“A monstrously entertaining anthology.” – Shelf Awareness

“Provocative.” – The Boston Globe

“From the light(ish) and delightful to the subversively unromantic, from humor to horror, each entry both tells a good story and says something about monstrousness.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The authors of these tales brilliantly intertwine morally charged issues with elements of horror writing that engage the reader. ... This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror fiction.” – School Library Journal

“A deliciously gory collection of fifteen original stories... While the theme is certainly familiar, the diversity of interpretations of monsterhood is an asset, and the book sets a fresh and amusing note with the opening pop quiz that assesses readers’ views of monsters. ... Fans will be happy to find a well-edited, sharp collection of new stories about their favorite topic that covers both the creepy and alluring elements of monsters.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 


2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices Annual Best-of-the-Year List

Children’s Book Committee’s 2015 edition of The Best Children’s Books of the Year selection

2015 TAYSHAS High School Reading List selection


About Candlewick Press:

Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ologies series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love YouWhere’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at

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