I am thrilled to announce that my new book Urchin is out.

And we are holding two launches: one virtual, and one in-person at The Theatre on King in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario.

5pm virtual launch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_fTvRmfB91Wtm8tiKHr5g

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/298626542116605/?ref=newsfeed

7pm in person: Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/urchin-book-launch-tickets…

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/411541853963539/?ref=newsfeed

Urchin has been listed in the Globe and Mail’s Children’s Book Gift Guide, and what wonderful company I am in!

“A breathtaking mix of Newfoundland fairy lore and history as readers follow non-binary Dor – spy, adventurer, gender questioner – out into the snowy streets of St. John’s in December, 1901, when Marconi has arrived in Newfoundland to receive the first wireless trans-Atlantic radio signal and Dor’s been hired to find out what Marconi is really up to. But things go awry when the Little Strangers, the fairies, kidnap Dor’s mother and history and magic get all tangled up in this compelling novel.”


CBC ranks it in 22 Canadian YA books to watch out for


Kirkus Reviews calls it “a sprawling, lyrical historical fantasy”


Writing titan Lisa Moore calls it

“…electric with magic, glittering language, and high-wire tension. Story’s protagonist, non-binary Dor, is a brave spy and adventurer who soars off the page, out the window, through the gloom to the wonderfully terrifying kingdom of the fairies, on a wild quest to save her mother who has been led astray by the little people. This masterful coming-of-age tale is alive with energy and insight, charged with passion and wit. Here’s a queer, ultra-modern, historic St. John’s, where scientific advancement smacks up against potent magic and ancient lore. Sparks fly. Prepare to be zapped with high voltage suspense and megawatts of fun. Prepare to be spellbound.”

And Caighlan Smith, author of the wonderful Children of Icarus, says:

“Witty, tender, and heartrending, Urchin is the compelling coming of age story of Dor, who must grapple with curses, sabotage, and their very own identity. Urchin beautifully blends history and fantasy, bringing both early 20th century Newfoundland and its rich fairy lore vividly to life. Protagonist Dor is perhaps the greatest treat of all; a clever, endearing underdog who you root for from start to finish. Kate Story handles Dor’s struggles with gender and sexuality with honesty and grace. A truly valuable novel and a must-read!”

Can’t make it to the in-person launch? Order Urchin through the publisher, Running the Goat Books and Broadsides https://runningthegoat.com/urchin/

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Interview with CBC

So honoured by this wonderful article about Urchin. Read the interview with Lynette Adams here!

In Kate Story’s new novel Urchin, science can be magic, and a girl can be a boy

New YA novel mixes H.G. Wells and Guglielmo Marconi on the south side of St. John’s


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Urchin reading in St. John’s

How do you launch a children’s book? In a brewery, of course!

Urchin is now in the world!

Many thanks to Marnie Parsons, Running the Goat Books and Broadsides, and Susan Flanagan for her wonderful reading from her new book The Degrees of Barley Lick.

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Five Novels, Come and Git ‘Em, Git Yer Fresh Literature Here!

Recently, a friend asked where she could find my books. The answer is a little bit complicated. I’ve been honoured to have had five novels published. Of those, only one is still in print, for reasons sad and sorry that I will not elaborate here! The main question is: if you want my books, can you get them? The answer is, YES! From me! I am happy to ship them, and the cost of the book(s) plus shipping will not be more than the cover price. For realsies, people. So if you are looking for some Newfoundland folklore mixed with gritty realism, or a-town-like-Peterborough weirdness, sadness, and magic, or some rollicking and filthy SF, or some glorious young adult fantasy, seek ye no further! Contact me and ye shall receive! You can, of course, also look on the behemoth Amazon and will likely find copies there too.

My books, in order of publication:

Winner of the Sunburst Award’s Honourable Mention

“Kate Story’s debut novel is an unlikely marriage of Newfoundland’s oldest traditional lore with the contemporary urban world of St. John’s and Toronto. The result is raw and strange and hilarious and affecting. Ruby Jones—itinerant waitress, sometime nude model, budding alcoholic—admits early on that tenderness and rage are her “heart language.” Blasted offers both in spades.”
—Michael Crummey, author of River Thieves, The Wreckage, Galore, and Sweetland

“. . . a strange, shining, soaring thing brimming with beauty and terror, pain and love, insight and redemption.” —Ursula Pflug, author of The Alphabet Stones, Green Music, Mountain, and After the Fires

“I fell in love with these characters: saintly and monstrous, wrecked but not lost —castaways all. Kate Story is one of those rare writers who can plumb the darkness and retrieve from the depths a jewel, a truth, luminous and redemptive. A magical and moving novel. Prepare to be transported.” — Jessica Grant, author of Come, Thou Tortoise
(Note: this one is still in print, and available from Breakwater Books!)

“Exotic, funny and very sexy . . .”
—Alex Good, Science Fiction Book Picks, The Toronto Star

“An ambitious deep space retelling of The Tempest that would have delighted Shakespeare and Sagan in equal measure.” —Eric Choi, Aurora Award-winning author and editor

“Story has penned a sexy, sophisticated future-Shakespearean romp. Ambitious, rich, magical, and a joy to read.” —Kelly Robson, author of Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, A Human Stain, and Waters of Versailles


“You know a good book as soon as you start it. It sings to you and makes an immediate connection. That’s what happened to me with Kate Story’s Antilia. I loved everything about the book.” -– Charles de Lint, author of The Onion Girl and The Wind in His Heart

“I fell in love with Antilia from the first page. With this book, you say to yourself, ‘I’ll just read a bit more,’ and then suddenly it’s three in the morning and you’re sorry because now the story will be over too soon. Kate Story has created an utterly contemporary, exquisitely imagined parallel-world fantasy with a deeply satisfying plot and unforgettable characters (including a few I wish I could forget). Ophelia and Rowan, Pim (oh, Pim!) and Ari, got under my skin and into my heart and stayed there long after the book was done.” —Holly Bennett, author of The Bonemender, Shapeshifter, and Drawn Away

“Sword and Song is a well-written and imaginative story with vivid descriptions. With its descriptive and complicated plot and well-drawn characters, the novel should appeal to readers of adventure and fantasy tales. The ending will leave readers eagerly waiting for the second and final volume, Seer and Sacrifice. Highly recommended.” — Ronald Hore, CM: Canadian Review of Materials Volume XXVI / Issue 35 – May 15 / 2020

Just to alleviate any confusion – Antilia is a duology. There are only two books, and these are them!

Thank you for caring about books. In these troubled times, they are more important than ever. Health and joy and good reading to all!

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Book Launch for Antilia: Seer and Sacrifice!

Book two (and final) of the Antilia series is about to be LAUNCHED, baby! Sandra Kasturi of ChiZine Publications says, it’s as if George R. R. Martin went to Narnia. And wrote about it. And finished what he wrote.


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Speculative Chic

I adored chatting with the fine folx at Speculative Chic about some of my favourite (speculative) things!

My Favorite Things with Kate Story

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Sunburst Award longlist!

I am so thrilled that book one of the Antilia duology made the longlist for the Sunburst Awards! Pretty good for a book with no ending…


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Reading – with cocktails!

Exile posted this video, shot by Dan English in Peterborough’s wonderful Sapphire Lounge! Me reading my story “Martinis, My Dear, Are Dangerous” published in Over the Rainbow, edited by Derek Newman-Stille.


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Speculating Canada reviews This Insubstantial Pageant!

O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here!

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I am THRILLED to announce the release of my first YA Fantasy novel, Antilia: Sword and Song. Here’s the link! Launch news coming soon!



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