Local author and 2010 Clarion graduate Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. She is the author of the dark fantastical young adults novels Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees, a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home. Kali’s short fiction includes Tor.com story “Last Train to Julbilee Bay.” Kali is taking part in Mysterious Galaxy’s Upstream in our Universe program, offering a limited number of hand-crafted bookmarks to the first 30 readers of The Memory Trees.
Actress and author Adriana Mather’s debut, How to Hang a Witch, introduced Samantha Mather, a modern-day teen who, like Adriana, is a descendant of Puritan minister and Salem-witch-trials advocate Cotton Mather. Haunting the Deep continues Sam’s story. Instead of Sam seeing ghosts from the witch trials, she sees ghosts from the Titanic; Adriana’s lineage includes ancestors Myra Haxtun Harper and Henry Sleeper Harper – the Harpers of Harper & Brothers publishing, before it was HarperCollins. They survived the Titanic with their valet and their dog, one of the only dogs to survive.Books can be purchased in store or online at
The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace
For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood’s whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople–especially their neighbors, the Abrams family–Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history.
Then one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she’s ever known.
Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. But it soon becomes clear that some of her questions have difficult–even dangerous–answers. And there may be a price to pay for asking.
Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.
This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.