/ Modified mar 6, 2015 1:18 p.m.

"Demigods on Speedway"

Author Aurelie Sheehan's new story collection explores the mythical side of one of Tucson's busiest thoroughfares.

Aurelie Sheehan will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 14 - 15, 2015 on the University of Arizona campus:

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night – in Tucson! - Saturday at 2:30 PM, Student Union Kachina Hall (Aurelie Sheehan and other panelists will discuss why Tucson works as a setting for fiction.)

Fractured Fairy Tales - Sunday at 2:30 PM, Student Union Kachina Hall (Fairy tales aren’t always whimsical or event for children! Other panelists include Kate Bernheimer & Elizabeth Frankie Rollins.)

Sheehan will also be signing copies of her new collection Demigods on Speedway at the UA Press booth from 1 - 1:30 PM on Sunday, March 15th.

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For the last decade, "urban fantasy" has been a growing literary genre. Powered by imagination, myth, and readers' collective need for escape, it suggests that something extraordinary exists behind the facade of our daily world.

When novelist and University of Arizona writing professor Aurelie Sheehan was seeking inspiration for her new book, she found it behind the facade of one of Tucson's busiest thoroughfares.

Sheehan talks with Mark McLemore about how her story collection Demigods on Speedway came to be...


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Aurelie Sheehan reads from her book, with an excerpt entitled In Equal Measure.

One of Sheehan's protagonists, Artesia - who may bear a resemblance to the Greek goddess Artemis - has a first meeting with a boy named Paul. In another context Artesia might recognize Paul as her beloved twin Apollo.

But instead of Mount Olympus, the setting for their encounter is the kitchen of a small cafe somewhere on Speedway Boulevard...

Aurelie Sheehan reads from In Equal Measure, a story featured in Demigods on Speedway. Sound design by Mitchell Riley:

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