Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Katherine Arden for a talk on her new novel, “The Girl in the Tower.” The magical
adventure begun in the bestselling novel“The Bear and the Nightingale” continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home — but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Muscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast magical world she longs to explore. Instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her trusted horse into the woods. A battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside quickly earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow. But Vasya must now balance the growing challenges of the life she has chosen.
Katherine Arden was born in Austin, Texas. She holds a BA in French and Russian from Middlebury College. She has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St., Rutland. For more information, visit phoenixbooks.biz.