Publication: Finnish Charms

I had nearly forgotten about this: the Mythic Journeys folks have been going through some interesting transitions (which seems entirely appropriate) but the journal is back at last. I gave this paper at the Forging Folklore Conference at Harvard University in May 3-5 2007. Great conference! Peg and Hannah put together a terrific bunch of…

Reading: Lumottu

I am very pleased to announce that my play Lumottu will receive a fully cast reading at the Arts Society of Kingston on May 31st. Casting will commence soon. As they make clear on the website, “These are workshops rather than productions, whose focus is on process, not product. It is the hope of the…

New Ink

I realise I posted this on Facebook and Twitter but not here (multiple media streams is the key to success for writers, they tell me [insert rolling eyes]). So here it is and here’s a bit about the image of Akka. I bought the brooch at the National Museum in Helsinki. It’s just above the…

Unikirja Book Trailer

Here’s my new video, featuring the beautiful music of Ulla Suokko, whom I’ll be celebrating this week over at The Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, part of the month long festival of creative women. I’m trying to focus the rhetoric of these trailers on opening up the sometimes obscure titles of my books to give…

Review of UNIKIRJA

I don’t think I remembered to post this before. My review from the Finnish North American Literature Association (FinNALA) by Beth Virtanen: K. A. Laity’s Unikirja, Dream Book, is written in a pastiche of genres on a single theme, Finnishness and daily life. Laity uses poetry, prose and drama to capture Finnishness in mythic and…

Happy St. Urho Day!

As the delightful flaming grasshopper (courtesy of the fabulous Stephanie Johnson AKA The Queen of Everything) indicates, today is St. Urho Day when we commemorate the famous Finnish leader who chased the grasshoppers from the vineyards with the cry, “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!” [Roughly, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, hie thee to hell!”] Don’t forget to load…

Unikirja Reviewed!

Rie McGaha over at the Pagan and the Pen reviewed Unikirja and had some really wonderful things to say about it. In fact, I’m thinking my feet aren’t quite touching the ground: K. A. Laity has written a marvelous collection of stories that have the dreamlike quality of bedtime stories. I was mesmerized by these…

Guest Blogging at Sia McKye’s Thoughts over Coffee

Join me over at Sia McKye’s Thoughts…Over Coffee where I’m blogging about the difficulty of introducing my weirdly-titled short story collection, Unikirja, as well as Finnish folklore and mythology. Sia is a terrific blogger who hosts all kinds of writers and writing tips, so you would do well to bookmark her. I’ll be checking in…

Signing: Eastline Books TODAY!

Yes, it all begins at noon: East Line Books, Old Village Plaza, 1714 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (Just north of Rt. 146 on Rt. 9 across from Snyder’s Restaurant, between Clifton Park Pizza and Captain’s Treasures). I will be playing my kantele off and on — and if that’s not enough of a…