Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Stephen Fry, Madeline Miller, Scott Snyder, Spike Trotman and More Join The Literary Tarot Now Funding On Kickstarter: A Whole New Kind of Tarot Deck

Featuring Charlie Jane Anders, Margaret Atwood, Leigh Bardugo, Emil Ferris, Lev Grossman, Victor LaValle, Marjorie Liu, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Rebecca Roanhorse and More!

(June 28, 2021) Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for The Literary Tarot, an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time. Today Brink Literacy Project is announcing a second wave of all-star contributors to the project, all of whom have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana.

New contributors include:

  • Fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie, best-selling author of the First Law trilogy

  • Bestselling author Holly Black (The Cruel Prince Trilogy and Book of Night)

  • Bestselling novelist Terry Brooks (The Genesis of Shannara novels)

  • Fantasy writer Cassandra Clare, author of bestselling YA series The Mortal Instruments

  • Writer and illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels, creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Upgrade Soul and writer of BTTM FDRS

  • Writer, actor and comedian Stephen Fry, author of The Liar, Making History and The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

  • Novelist Saint Gibson, the author of A Dowry of Blood, a retelling of the story of Dracula’s brides

  • Bestselling novelist and comic book writer Christopher Golden, author of novels Ararat, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows and co-creator (with Mike Mignola) of the comic book universe known as The Outerverse

  • Novelist Chloe Gong, New York Times best-selling author of These Violent Delights

  • Comics writer Mel Hilario (Debian Perl)

  • Danny Lore, writer of the comics Queen of Bad Dreams and Quarter Killer

  • Novelist Madeline Miller (Circe and The Song of Achilles)

  • Bestselling comics writer Chris Roberson (House of Lost Horizons and iZombie)

  • Acclaimed novelist and comic book writer Samuel Sattin (Bezkamp and WolfWalkers)

  • Comic book writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire and Nocterra)

  • Cartoonist and publisher Spike Trotman, creator of webcomic Templar, Arizona and founder and owner of Iron Circus Comics

Working with the storytellers and a diverse and talented art team, Brink Literacy Project has tapped into the magic of classic literature to bring a whole new kind of tarot deck to life. The original wave of contributors included folks like Margaret Atwood, Vita Ayala, Victor LaValle, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Stephen Graham Jones, Roxane Gay, Mark Millar, and dozens more.

New card and literary pairings, announced since the project first launched, include:

  • Joe Ambercrombie (the First Law trilogy) pairing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Four of Parchment (Pentacles)

  • Ellen Azevedo (F(r)iction #16) pairing William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream with Seven of Light (Cups)

  • Damian Barr (Maggie & Me) pairing Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer with Six of Light (Cups)

  • Brian Michael Bendis (The Ultimate Spiderman) pairing H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds with King of Ink (Wands)

  • Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents) pairing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Queen of Ink (Wands)

  • Maggie Downs (Braver Than You Think) pairing Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass with Eight of Ink (Wands)

  • H.E. Edgmon (The Witch King) pairing Robert Louis Stevensons’ The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with Strength

  • Amal El-Mohtar (This is How You Lose the Time War) pairing  Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon with The Star

  • Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters) pairing Charles Dickens’ Bleak House with Three of Ink (Wands)

  • Race Garber (F(r)iction #6) pairing Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel with Five of Ink (Wands)

  • Alix E. Harrow (The Ten Thousand Doors of January) pairing Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo with Justice

  • Jonathan Hickman (East of West) pairing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with Ten of Quills (Swords)

  • Mel Hilario (Debian Perl) pairing L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Three of Light (Cups)

  • Tini Howard (X of Swords) pairing Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations” with Temperance

  • Patricia A. Jackson (Forging a Nightmare) pairing Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers with Six of Parchment (Pentacles)

  • E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) pairing Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Ten of Parchment (Pentacles)

  • Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) pairing Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla with Ace of Light (Cups)

  • Mariah McCourt (Ash & Thorn) pairing Jane Austen’s Persuasion with Five of Parchment (Pentacles)

  • Carrie Morgridge (Every Gift Matters) pairing Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book with Two of Ink (Wands)

  • Alec Nevala-Lee (Astounding) pairing Sophocles’ Antigone with Two of Quills (Swords)

  • Rachel Pollack (Godmother Night) pairing Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex with Knight of Quills (Swords)

  • Damian Rogers (An Alphabet for Joanna) pairing Sei Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book with Nine of Parchment (Pentacles)

  • Greg Rucka (Stumptown) pairing Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Knight of Ink (Wands)

  • Catherynne Valente (The Orphan’s Tale series) pairing Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” with The Empress

  • Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy) pairing Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis with Six of Quills (Swords)

  • Ayelet Waldman (The Mommy-Track Mysteries series) pairing Jane Austen’s Emma with Two of Light (Cups)

  • Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan) pairing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway with Ten of Light (Cups)

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Previously announced Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West

  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur

  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Outsider”

  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey

  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey’s Paw”

  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow

  • Light: Shan Bennion

  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe

  • Quills: Isabel Burke

  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton

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