The June 2024 Carterhaugh Events Roundup

June 11, 2024

Here’s a list of all the events and publications that we can link you to in the coming weeks–including into July!


June 17 at 6:45 pm ET

Smithsonian Associates: Beauty and the Beast – A Tale as Old as Time

Few stories capture the imagination like “Beauty and the Beast,” the romantic tale of a beautiful girl who sees past appearances to fall in love with a hideous monster. The story has been used to question marriages of convenience or opportunity and to champion the radical idea of marrying someone you actually like. It has also been sold as a story that promotes ideas like “if you love him, you can change him and make him a better person,” when “he” might be abusive, violent, and truly monstrous. “Beauty and the Beast” is one of the oldest fairy tales and has existed in countless forms. The beast has been everything from a snake to a god to a “small-toothed dog,” and, sometimes, “Beauty” isn’t even beautiful.

On June 17th at 6:45PM, folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore “Beauty and the Beast,” discussing what the tale looks like around the world, how the story has been retold in contemporary times, and what kinds of reactionary, rebellious, and revolutionary points it has allowed tellers and authors to make. They explain why it has had such staying power and why so many people count it as their favorite fairy tale. The lecture also includes a few prompts for audience interaction.

Click here to grab your tickets!

June 20 at 7:00 PM

Fairy Tale Salon – We’re all excited here at Carterhaugh about our Summer Reading Challenge, so, for this salon, we’d love it if you would bring your favorite book you read thus far this year (and hey, bonus if it fits the SRC!) What book has just delighted you this year? What book has really made you think? What book do you just want more people to know about? Bring it to the salon this month – we can’t wait to learn all about it!

If you’d like to participate, make sure that you’re on the Salonnières tier or higher on Patreon for June!

June 27 at 7:00 PM

Book Club On June 27th, we’ll meet to discuss Katherine Addison’s The Angel of the Crows, an alternate-history fantasy inspired by Sherlock Holmes!

Here’s the description:

“This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.”

Here are some reviews:

“A Sherlock Holmes–esque novel that truly breaks the mold […] what really makes this title stand out […] is its straightforward criticism of gender roles and the gender binary itself.” – Kirkus Reviews

“… a charming and tender character study and a masterclass in worldbuilding. If you like carefully constructed and thoughtful urban fantasy, this is the book for you. If you like Holmes’ stories and want a fresh perspective […] this is the book for you. If you enjoy complex, wounded characters and superb writing, this is the book for you.” – Fantasy Faction

If you would like to join us, make sure you’re on the $7+ tier on our Patreon for the month of June!

July 18 at 7:00 PM

Book ClubOn July 18th, we’ll meet to discuss All In Among the Briars: An Anthology of Mythic Wonder edited by Julia Rios!

This anthology is really special. We contributed our poem “Twelve,” first published in Star*Line, and the contributors are some of the very best mythic writers out there right now – plus many students and friends of Carterhaugh! There are pieces by Terri Windling, Theodora Goss, C.S.E. Cooney, Amal El-Mohtar, Carlos Hernandez, and so many other total all stars. Seriously, it’s ridiculous and beautiful.

What makes it really special is that it’s a benefit anthology for mythic poet queen and friend (and sometimes student) of Carterhaugh, Jessica Wick, who recently lost her mother. Anyone who supports the Go Fund Me for Jess (which is organized by the same team that put together the anthology) at $5+ will get the anthology as an ebook. 

Jess is truly a cornerstone of the mythic community, and she’s a complete sweetheart. This book is stunning. Let’s read it and make some mythic community magic!


Enchanted Living

We have an article on deer in fairy tales in the flora and fauna summer issue of Enchanted Living called “Enchanted Hinds and Cursed Stags: Fairy Tales of Deer and Transformation.” Grab Enchanted Living‘s summer issue and get inspired!⁠


Our poem, “Twelve,” previously published by Star*Line, to the benefit anthology for our friend and fellow mythic arts writer, Jessica Wick, mentioned above – which is out now! Click here to learn how to get a copy (and help Jessica and her brother during a very hard time.)

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