Kay Stone
author   storyteller   folklorist

Some Day Your Witch Will ComeSome Day Your Witch Will Come
by Kay Stone
June 2008


Some Day Your Witch Will Come

Some Day Your Witch Will Come
Kay Stone

Wayne State University Press (Detroit, Michigan), 2008
ISBN: 9780814332863
Price: $29.95S (Paper)
Available June 2008

In this enjoyable volume, Kay Stone has selected writings from her scholarly articles and books spanning 1975–2004 that contain reflections on the value of fairy tales as adult literature. The title Some Day Your Witch Will Come twists a Walt Disney lyric to challenge the typical fairy-tale framework and is a nod to Stone’s innovative and sometimes unconventional perspective. As a whole, this collection is a fascinating look at both the evolution of a career and the recent history of fairy-tale scholarship.

The volume is organized in three chronological sections, beginning with Stone’s influential early work on women in fairy tales. The second section explores her developing interest in traditional tales told by contemporary tellers, and the final section focuses on Stone’s more recent comparisons of dreams and folktales as artistic expressions. In addition to challenging the genres of folktales and storytelling, a distinctive feature of this work is the wealth of material from interviews, which bring readers’ responses into conversation with the scholar’s work. A preface by the author, a foreword by series editor Donald Haase, and brief introductions to each piece are also included.

Some Day Your Witch Will Come is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Stone’s writings. As such, it will be informative and entertaining for both general readers and scholars in a variety of fields, including folklore and fairy-tale studies, women’s studies, psychology, cultural studies, and literature.

“Kay Stone is a scholar who has taken a heroine’s journey through the kingdom of traditional folkloristics. She has absorbed its rigorous understandings of wonder tales and their social contexts, but also felt the call of a more personal, subjective, creative voice. She is thus an important mediator between these oft-divergent worlds.”
– Joseph Sobol, Director of the graduate program in storytelling at East Tennessee State University

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The Golden Woman

The Golden Woman: Dreaming as Art
Kay Stone

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc. (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 2004
Distributed by University of Toronto Press

If you can recall even a single dream, this book can demonstrate how you become an artist as you sleep. All those vibrant colours, challenging characters, sights and sounds, tastes and smells, are your own bright creations. There are countless examples of dreams by Kay Stone and many others, enhanced by the poetry of Tanis MacDonald and illustrated in a full colour dream mandala, as well as numerous connecting folktales.

Kay explains: "Like exotic plants, dreams rise from the ordinary soil of our mundane lives; some are perennial, some annual, some are occasional volunteers that drop in unexpectedly and then disappear. Quite a few are just plain weeds. But even weeds can surprise you with their beauty. To keep this garden growing, I draw on my academic training as a folklorist, my sporadic efforts as an amateur artist, and my ongoing experiences as a storyteller."

Author Kate Bitney adds: "Folklorist Kay Stone tells us that dreaming is an art and that "dream is a poem of the soul." It is this and more. The Golden Woman is autobiography by dream. While the dreamer is indeed poet and artist, she is also architect, storyteller, geographer, historian, self-analyst, healer, listener, spiritual seeker and pathfinder. Stone connects her personal dream images and narratives with those of folk and sacred stories of the world, as well as with the lived narrative of her own life and work. Stone shows us here that dream is a practical as well as aesthetic art, a craft that requires exercise, flexibility, skill, imagination, honesty, and respectfulness.

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The Golden Woman: Dreaming as Art
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc

In Canada:

University of Toronto Press
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Burning Brightly

Burning Brightly: New Light on Old Tales Told Today
Kay Stone

Broadview Press (Peterborough, Ontario), 1998.

This was the first book-length treatment of professional storytelling in North America. The book explores the twentieth-century phenomenon of storytelling through interviews with eight tellers and their tales. Included in her analysis are informative discussions of organized storytelling communities, individual tellers, and story texts. She covers issues such as the role of women in folktales, the adaptation of old stories to new contexts, and the conscious and unconscious effects of tellers on their tales.

Folklorist Christina Bacchilega says: "This is a lively, balanced, and insightful book. Boldly combining the perspectives of an inquisitive folklorist, the voice of a purposeful storyteller, and the fire of "The Curious Girl" and many other wondertales, Kay Stone's book is a bright light guiding us down the contemporary river of stories."

Book Orders

Burning Brightly: New Light on Old Tales Told Today

In Canada:

Broadview Press Ltd.
PO Box 1243
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
K9J 7H5
P. 705.743.8990
F. 705.743.8353
E. 75322.44@compuserve.com

In the United States:

3576 California Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127