Join us for a midwinter escape to Nagspeake as we launch The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book online with Kate Milford on February 25th!
Preorder below to receive an art print from Nagspeake with your purchase of the book!
Readers of Greenglass House will remember the book of Nagspeake folktales loaned to Milo Pine by one of the mysterious guests who arrive at the remote smugglers’ inn just before Christmas. Here at last is The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book itself, in which the fifteen tales told by stranded travelers turn out to be more than simply entertainment to pass the time. Something very strange is afoot at the Blue Vein Tavern, and each tale is a clue to the mystery. But outside the rising floodwaters have almost reached the front door…the guests have one chance to save themselves and their city, and time is short.
Those who’ve read the other interconnected books in Kate Milford’s Roaming World will meet some old friends and spot tons of Easter eggs, but The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book is a standalone tale, and it’s not necessary to have read anything else first. If this is your first visit to Nagspeake, welcome! We know you’ll enjoy your stay…but pack your rain boots.
Praise for The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book
“The wide-reaching world building of Milford’s Nagspeake novels gets even more expansive in her latest. Fans of Greenglass House (2014) might recognize the title; it’s the book of folktales about Nagspeake that Milo reads, and the stories within bolster just about every other book set in the world, with familiar characters, objects, and places periodically appearing. Beyond that, though, the stories are purely enjoyable, playfully toying with folktale conventions, offering a compelling variety of genres, and allowing each teller’s voice to clearly come through in their tale. Some are eerie, like “The Hollow-Ware Man,” which tells of someone making a desperate bargain, or “The Game of Maps,” about a house with violent tendencies. Others are sweet, like “The Ferryman,” featuring a boy who desperately loves riddles, or “The Coldway,” about a seemingly doomed romance. As the stories go on, touchpoints emerge that gradually shape into revealing truths about the travelers. Though the importance of those truths might be lost on readers unfamiliar with Milford’s other novels, the marvelous descriptions, delicious tension, and palpable atmosphere are plenty appealing on their own.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of Greenglass House (winner of the Edgar award for juvenile literature, long-listed for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and a nominee for the Andre Norton Award and the Agatha Award for Children’s/YA) as well as The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book, The Thief Knot, Bluecrowne, Ghosts of Greenglass House, The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, The Left-Handed Fate, The Kairos Mechanism, and the forthcoming Rialto (2022) and Seacritters! graphic novel series with Lucy Bellwood (2023). She has written for stage and screen, and as a contributing writer at nagspeake.com she has authored scholarly articles on subjects as varied as self-aware ironmongery and how to make saltwater taffy in a haunted kitchen. Kate grew up in Riva, Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. You can find more at www.greenglasshousebooks.com.