Letters to the Pumpkin King


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Hardcover: 978-1-61037-304-3
Boxed: 978-1-61037-305-0
Page count: 416
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
Published: February 2014

Edited by Sheila Perry
Cover art by David Palumbo
Cover & interior design by Alice N. S. Lewis

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This is the first collection of Seanan McGuire’s non-fiction works. It contains everything from essays about “My Little Pony” and being a geek girl, to her advice on writing and things she’s learned since becoming a published author, to poetry reprinted from her two out-of-print, limited-edition collections, Leaves from the Babylon Wood and Paths Through the Babylon Wood.

“This book is bursting with Seanan-brain. You should read it.”
—Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

“Seanan McGuire knows how to beguile with the very best. She can whisper spells and secrets by the ballad and the bushel. But here she simply tells it as she has seen and lived it, with bravery and a loud voice, and that is magic, too.”
—Catherynne M. Valente

“Seanan is rough and potent magic. Her work may not change you, but it is likely to change your experience of the world.”
—Elizabeth Bear

“I’ve read Seanan’s fiction and nonfiction for years. Because she’s smart. Because she’s funny. Because she’s insightful. Because she uses the word ‘f***’ in original and interesting ways.”
—Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

Introduction: The Opposite of Silence by Catherynne M. Valente
Introduction: An Appreciation by Elizabeth Bear

Table of Contents


Essays and Entries

Leaves from the Babylon Wood

Paths Through the Babylon Wood

Printing History

978-1-61037-305-0 boxed hardcover $50.00, 140 signed copies numbered 1 through 140 (and 10 signed copies reserved for presentation purposes, lettered A through J).
978-1-61037-304-3 trade hardcover $30.00, limited edition, 660 copies, numbered 141 through 790.


The copyright page in this book erroneously states that the total printing was 650 copies. There were actually 800 copies printed, counting the boxed and trade states of the edition, and including the ten lettered presentation copies.