Ellen Kushner at Finncon 2010.
|Alma mater||Bryn Mawr College and Barnard College|
|Notable award(s)||1991 World Fantasy Award, 1991 Mythopoeic Award, and 2007 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel|
Ellen Kushner is an American writer of fantasy novels. From 1996 until 2010, she was the host of the radio program Sound & Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International.
Background and personal life
Kushner's first books were four Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, after which her first novel, Swordspoint was published in 1987. Swordspoint and its sequel (co-authored by Sherman) The Fall of the Kings (2002), are mannerpunk novels set in a nameless imaginary capital city and its raffish district of Riverside, where swordsmen-for-hire ply their trade. A sequel set 18 years after Swordspoint, called The Privilege of the Sword, was published in July 2006, with a first hardcover edition published in late August 2006 by Small Beer Press. In 2011, the audiobook version of Swordspoint was produced under the label of Neil Gaiman Presents.
Kushner's second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award in 1991. She has also published short stories and poetry in various anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Borderland Series of urban fantasy anthologies for teenage readers.
In 2002, she released a CD of her story "The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker," which uses music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" to tell a Hanukkah story. The music on the CD is performed by Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. "The Golden Dreydl" won a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television.
Choose Your Own Adventure books
- 47. Outlaws of Sherwood Forest (August, 1985)
- 56. The Enchanted Kingdom (May, 1986)
- 58. Statue of Liberty Adventure (July, 1986)
- 63. Mystery of the Secret Room (December, 1986)
- 86. Knights of the Round Table (December, 1988)
- Swordspoint (1987)
- The Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman) (2002)
- The Privilege of the Sword (2006)
- The Man with the Knives (2010)
- Thomas the Rhymer (1990)
- St. Nicholas and the Valley Beyond the World's Edge (1994)
- Basilisk (1980)
- Nominated for Balrog Award for Best Fantasy Anthology
- The Horns of Elfland (with Delia Sherman and Donald G. Keller) (1997)
- Nominated for Locus Award Best Anthology
- "Welcome To Bordertown (New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands)" (with Holly Black) (2011)
- Final "Sound & Spirit" broadcasts
- Bickelhaupt, Susan; Maureen Dezell (1996-10-25). "Will Klein Sign His Letters From Washington?". The Boston Globe.
- Simon, Clea (2004-09-01). "It was love, but now it's gone". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- "1991 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- "Mythopoeic Awards - Winners". Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- "People and Publishing: Awards," Locus, May 2002, p.14
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