Kij Johnson


Breaking news and announcements

I was invited by the Guardian to write an article for their Books blog. Please check it out at Writing women into The Wind in the Willows revitalises the canon | Books | The Guardian.

River Bank release and signings!

River Bank

I am so excited that my latest book is coming out, everyone. The River Bank is a sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, but with girl animals as well as our old friends, Mole, Water Rat, Toad and Badger. Small Beer press published it, with charming art by Kathleen Jennings. It’s sort of for kids, sort of for grownups, and I hope you like it.

I am doing several signings and appearances in fall 2017:

    9/12:         The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence KS. 7pm.
    10/14:       Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, Minneapolis MN. 1pm.
    11/4-11/5: World Fantasy Convention, San Antonio TX.
    11/20:        Powell’s City of Books, Portland OR. 7pm.
    11/21:        Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle WA. 7pm.


Lots of catching up to do!

Generally, it’s been a good 2017!

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe came out from Tor Books in 2016, and this year it’s been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards.

Un pont sur la brume -- the French translation of my novella, The Man Who Bridged the Mist for Bélial received the 2017 Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire for best foreign short work. The Prix is the premier award for Francophone speculative fiction.

The Tiny Yet Ebullient Jurat
​The tough-yet-adorable Vellitt​ died last fall, I acquired a new cat, the tiny yet ebullient Jurat.

Vellit Boe, The Black Cat of Ulthar
Everyone, I am so, so grateful for all your generosity. The cat has been named Vellit Boe, and she has an appointment with the surgeon this Thursday, 4/2.

After a haitus for this website, I am adding a new poem!

Check out Kij's new interview on Monkeybicycle's 52 Weeks / 52 Interviews: Week 39.

Kij gave the inaugural Pembroke Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Oxford. Here's the official website, which contains lots of photos, information, and a podcast of the talk. Here's the original press release.

Kij was recently on a book tour. Here were the dates and locations:

9/14    DreamHaven Books, 2301 East 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55406
9/18    7 pm The Raven, 6 East 7th St., Lawrence, KS, 66044
9/29    7 pm Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe, Salina, KS 67401
9/26    Writers Voice interview air date
10/9    Quail Ridge Books, Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC

At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij's first collection of short work, is now available from Small Beer Press.

"The Man Who Bridged the Mist" wins the Hugo Award! Kij's novella was first published in the October/November 2011 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction and was also just honored in May by SFWA with the Nebula Award. Congratulations, Kij!

Kij is now officially Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing at the University of Kansas English Department. Interested in studying speculative fiction with Kij? Consider KU, where she is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe talk with Kij on the Coode Street Podcast about "her amazing new Small Beer short story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees, transgressive fiction, gender, life, and other stuff."

Patrick Hester interviews Kij for the SF Signal Podcast.

"The Man Who Bridged The Mist" wins the Nebula Award! This is Kij's third consecutive Nebula. Congratulations, Kij!

"The Man Who Bridged The Mist" (excerpt on Asimov's website) is a finalist for the Hugo Award!

"The Man Who Bridged The Mist" is a finalist for the Nebula Award! Click here to read the full story in .doc format.

Kij has been formally offered - and has accepted - the position of Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing at the Unviersity of Kansas English Department.

Kij is now accepting applications for her summer 2012 SF/F/H Novel Writing Workshop as part of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction's intensive Summer SF Institute. Spaces are limited, so apply soon!

During a visit while interviewing for a faculty position with the University of Kansas English Department, Kij reads from "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" and hosts a Q&A Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union on Monday at 4:00pm - 5:15pm, followed by a reception.

Kij reads from "The Man Who Bridged The Mist" and signs books at Jayhawk Ink on from 1:30pm - 3:00pm.

Mysterious Galaxy's series of evenings with the instructors of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop wrapped up on August 3 with a visit from Kij, who gave a reading and spoke.

"Ponies" is nominated for the World Fantasy Award!
Bibliography section updated.

Kij heads to San Diego to teach at the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop.

Kij's Novel Writing Workshop kicks off at the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

"Ponies" is nominated for the Hugo Award!

"Ponies" wins the Nebula Award!

"Names for Water" is a finalist for the Locus Award.

"Story Kit" appears in Eclipse 4.

"Ponies" is now up at A sweet tale about little girls and the ponies they love... well, maybe "love" is a little strong. Read it and see for yourself....

"Names for Water" appears in Asimov's (October/November 2010 issue).

Kij writes: I am participating in the 2010 Clarion West Write-a-thon, raising funds for the six-week workshop by writing something original every week. Ways to help: Participate yourself!  Sponsor me! Thank you!

"Spar" wins the Nebula Award! Hop on over to her Facebook page and congratulate her. The story appeared in the online Clarkesworld Magazine. (Note: This is a disturbing and sexually explicit story - not for kids!) Click here to read it at the Clarkesworld website.

To see Kij's announcements archive, click here.


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Site last updated January 22, 2013.