All But True feat. Sarah Pinsker & A. C. Wise


Just in time for Halloween, the ALL BUT TRUE series presents two new and provocative novels, by authors A.C. WISE and SARAH PINSKER, exploring the frightful things that may lurk closer than we realize.

SARAH PINSKER’s near-future debut novel, A SONG FOR A NEW DAY, follows two women: Luce, a musician who can’t perform openly since public gatherings have been banned, and Rosemary, who’s too young to remember how it was Before: before the mass epidemic and violence that led to the circumscribed and digitized world she lives in now. The story celebrates the connective power of live music as opposed to virtual performances, and person-to-person as opposed to digital connection—a dichotomy all too familiar to us even now. This novel is one of Publishers Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019,” and Kirkus Reviews called the author “a rising star in the world of speculative fiction.”

In A.C. WISE’s CATFISH LULLABY, the back-country Louisiana bayou town of Lewis carries dark secrets in its past. When Caleb grows up to become the town’s young sheriff, he’s called on to try to untangle its mysteries, including the disturbing legend of Catfish John, a monstrous swamp creature, and whether Caleb’s strange, fragile neighbor Cere can overcome what appears to be her family’s evil destiny. Wise gives voice to the unheard with language that sears and soars in this tale of “cosmic horror.” Says Mike Allen, a World Fantasy Award–nominated author, "CATFISH LULLABY
demonstrates the many ways saviors and devils can occupy the same body.”

SARAH PINSKER is the author of the novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road," winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014 and a Nebula finalist for 2013. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Fireside, and Uncanny and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce FamilyAccessing the Future, and numerous year's bests. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, among other languages.

Sarah's first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories was published by Small Beer Press in March 2019, and her first novel, A Song For A New Day, will be published by Penguin/Random House/Berkley in September 2019.

She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels (the third with her rock band, the Stalking Horses) and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at and

A.C. WISE was born and raised in Montreal, and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her work has appeared in publications such as, Shimmer, and multiple Year’s Best anthologies, among other places. Her work has twice been a finalist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (and once a winner), and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She has two collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, published by Lethe Press, and a novella, Catfish Lullaby, published by Broken Eye Books. In addition to her fiction, she contributes the Women to Read and Non-Binary Authors to Read series to The Book Smugglers.

Contact the author at or find her on Twitter as @ac_wise.

The event includes readings, discussion, book signings, and free snacks.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
A Song for a New Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984802583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - September 10th, 2019

Catfish Lullaby Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940372297
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broken Eye Books - September 3rd, 2019