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Liesl Shurtliff: Rump

Certain classic stories become so ingrained in children’s memories that they seem impossible to imagine any other way. But writers in recent years have realized that there’s always a way to look at the familiar from a different point of view.

Salt Lake City native Liesl Shurtliff does just that with Rump, which approaches the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin from the perspective of the title character, who’s a mischievous villain in the original story. Here, he’s a sad, lonely, undersize boy who knows so little about the mother who died in childbirth that he doesn’t even know the full name she intended for him—a tragedy in a kingdom where one’s name is an indication of one’s destiny. But young Rump does discover, after his 12th birthday, a spinning wheel once used by his mother, and that he has the ability to turn straw into gold. That gift that could save him and his grandmother from starving—but magic, as he’s told by his only friend, never comes without consequences. (Scott Renshaw)

Date: Apr 27, 2013
Time: 2 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City , 84105
Where: The King's English Bookshop