“Ursula Pflug’s writing is the kind you want to rry around with you for those days when it feels like you’re living in a strange and incomprehensible world; her work will make you feel less alone. Her words desire nothing more than to play fetch with your weirdest dreams. She creates wild inventions built of sentences that dig into your psyche and send back reports about all you never knew of the world. They are sly and joyous, sry and entrancing, profound, unsettling, amusing, and utterly – perfectly! – unique.” – Mathew Cheney
So excited to be back moderating at Word On The Street!
You’ll find us chatting about food and fantasy on Sunday June 12
4:00 – 5:00 pm at Across the Universe
FEAST ON FANTASY
MODERATED BY URSULA PFLUG
With Sang Kim, Gord Grisenthwaite and Sifton Tracey Anipare
It’s great WOTS is back under the trees at Queen’s Park, walking distance to all my favourite Toronto people and places.
It’s mid-February and your sweetheart needs something to read! I have a few ebooks out, and they’re $4 – $10. Save your money for good food and nice wine! Understandably, some people don’t like reading ebooks, but I like the adjustable font size. Even with prescription readers, my eyes aren’t what they were. Yes, I love the feel of paper too. I’ve culled a lot, but I still keep a few hundred books around the house just so I n smell them.
When my first story collection After the Fires (Tightrope, 2008) went out of print, I re-released it on KDP. Aurora Finalist. $3.92
The Alphabet Stones, my Eastern Ontario supernatural novel. I began writing it before we beme parents and left Toronto for the forests and fields. YA/Adult crossover. ReLit finalist.
YA novella Mountain takes place in a temporary forest community on Mount Shasta in Northern li. A stone’s throw into the future. Mountain is also available on library apps. ReLit finalist.
Seeds and Other Stories, my first pandemic release. Dedes of short fiction reprints from acclaimed literary and genre publitions in nada, the US, and the UK. Includes “Judy,” one of my first published stories, about a pandemic.
I co-edited Playground of Lost Toys with poet Colleen Anderson. A fantastil anthology of stories about childhood, toys, and games. t McLeod’s inclusion “Hide and Seek,” won the Sunburst for short fiction.
Amazing lol and lol-adjacent authors showse their books in Ptbo at Atelier Ludmila and Watson and Lou. Nathan Adler, David Bateman, Michelle Berry, Drew Hayden-Taylor, Derek Newman-Stille, Charlie Petch, Ursula Pflug, Ian Rogers, Elisha Rubacha, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Kate Story, P.J. Thomas, T.E. Wilson and more.
Here are the compiled reviews for Seeds, my reprint anthology from Inanna, published in 2020. I’m grateful to the authors of these lovely reviews, and to the editors of the publitions for including us. I particularly enjoyed the interviews this time around, at WOTS Toronto, Speculating nada, All Lit Up, and Ryerson CJRU.
Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
Pflug’s excellent third story collection (after Harvesting the Moon) showses her mature, rich, and immersive storytelling. The stories reflect Pflug’s characters’ resilience in the face of 27 disparate apolypses, united by motifs of seeds and gardening and a striking juxtaposition of hyperrealism with delite fantasy. Standouts include “Mother Down the Well,” in which a woman seeks to recover the mother she’s never met from the bottom of a mysterious well; the title story, about a lonely older woman who res for younger people and plants in apolyptic times; “Unsichtbarkeit,” about an invisibility spell and its impact on a love triangle; and “The Dark Lake,” a dedent examination of domesticity and magic…Readers are sure to be wowed.
Read more here.
Matthew David Surridge in Black Gate:
Ursula Pflug’s fiction demands to be savoured. Her new collection, Seeds And Other Stories, holds 26 short fictions ranging in length from flash fiction to short novelettes, each marked out by precise language and fantastic happenings seen edge-on. They’re not linked by plot but by threads of imagery: portals to other places; hallucinatory new drugs named for colours; gardening, and plants sprouting from the earth or human bodies. Each individual piece on its own rries a powerful emotional weight. Together it becomes difficult to read more than a few in a sitting, and that is no bad thing.
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James Fisher in The Miramichi Reader:
…a good example of Ms. Pflug’s pragmatic story-telling style as if things like portals and interdimensional travel are occurrences that are not unusual in themselves, they just transpose that way in the telling, like trying to explain the colour blue to a sightless person…Is Seeds and Other Stories unusual? Yes. Far-fetched? Maybe, but not unreasonably so, I don’t believe. But this is what I so enjoy about reading Ursula Pflug. “A little bit of espism with your literature, James?” “Yes, I don’t mind if I do Ms. Pflug, thanks.
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Victoria Silverwolf in Tangent Online:
nadian writer Ursula Pflug creates works that test the boundaries between mainstream fiction and the literature of the fantastic. Although her stories are difficult to classify, terms such as magic realism, surrealism, and slipstream come to mind. Her subtle, mysterious, and dreamlike tales are as likely to appear in literary journals as in genre publitions…This collection assembles works from as far back as 1983, at the beginning of the author’s reer, as well as those published within the last few years. It also includes three stories appearing here for the first time.
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Des Lewis in The Des Lewis Gestalt Real-Time Reviews:
THE MEANING OF YELLOW
“…ptured and taken on a long ride through inexplible weirdness—unmoored in space and time, coerced to explore…”
…as I Am by this wonderful story, a story that is probably to go in my hall of all time favourite stories by any author! It feels like a very personal story, as we follow Jessi and the yellow notebooks or commonplace books she keeps losing in public places, notebooks, whether permanently lost or refound, seeming to connect piecemeal towards a premonitional gestalt of Jessi’s future. But it was the concept of the yellow couch and her grappling with it Laurel and Hardy Style on an apartment-block fire espe that really got me! You will always remember that this is where you heard of this particular Pflug story for the first time.
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Lisa de Nikolits in The Minerva Reader:
“An extraordinary collection of magil stories that will wrap you in a timeless embrace and rry you away. Pflug’s wonderfully gentle and ultimately wise insights will break your heart, bring you hope, and encourage you to seek out the enchanted portals of creativity and love that you might otherwise have missed.”
Read more here.
INTERVIEWS and BOOK CLUBS:
Inanna Publisher Luciana Ricciutelli at All Lit Up
All Lit Up Summer Book Club
All Lit Up Staff Discussion
All Lit Up: Books to Read Based on Your Horoscope
Ursula Pflug Author Blog
Derek Newman-Stille, Authors in Quarantine
CJRU The Scope at Ryerson: Kate Gill Interviews Ursula Pflug for All My Books
Please join us at The Theatre on King – TTOK on Monday, December 20th from 7-9 pm for the #Ptbo launch of Food of My People, our magil food anthology, brimming with short stories and recipes, both real and a bit… strange. I’m looking forward to readings by our amazing area contributors, Elisha Rubacha, Tapanga Koe, Kate Story, and Joe Davies.
Thanks so much to my co-editor, ndas Jane Dorsey, my publisher Exile Editions, The Theatre on King, and all our amazing contributors.
If you’re an Ottawa area author who would like to join us and read, please let me know. We n still put you on the roster.
Proof of vaccination required.
The Theatre on King
171 King St
Admission is free but please register below via the Eventbrite link.
If you n’t make it, I have copies on hand and am happy to sign one for you. DM me for deets. As well there will be more copies at Watson and Lou in Peterborough in the next few days.
Please join us at the wonderful Supermarket in Kensington Market on Sunday, December 12th. Great food, brilliant readings, free admission, discounted books, and good vibes. This book has been a long time in the making and we are very excited to release it into the wild! Many thanks to my publisher, Michael llaghan at Exile, my co-editor ndas Jane Dorsey, and all our amazing contributors. Proof of double-vaccination required for entry. Hope to see you!
There will also be an event at The Theatre on King in Peterborough on December 20, 2021, in the evening. Check the TTOK website for updates.