"Q&A With Holly, Ellen, and Terri" by Bordertown Fans, from Random Buzzers. With Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, and Terri Windling.

"Welcome to Bordertown—The Shared World Interview!" by Erin Underwood, from Underwords. With Alaya Dawn Johnson, Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen, Sara Ryan, Tim Pratt, Holly Black, Janni Lee Simner, and Christopher Barzak.

"Back to Bordertown" by Mia Nutick, from Fantasy Magazine. With Cory Doctorow, Delia Sherman, Charles de Lint, Holly Black, and Ellen Kushner.

"A Medley of Authors (Re)Visiting One Magical City: Welcome to Bordertown" by Karen Meisner, from Strange Horizons. With Nalo Hopkinson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Will Shetterly, Annette Curtis Klause, Delia Sherman, Christopher Barzak, Jane Yolen, Janni Lee Simner, Charles de Lint, Ellen Kushner, Sara Ryan, Dylan Meconis, and Amal El-Mohtar.

"Running Away to Bordertown: An Interview with Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, and Terri Windling" by Karen Meisner, from Strange Horizons

"Author Spotlight: Alaya Dawn Johnson" by T.J. McIntyre, from Fantasy Magazine


GGG #37: Ellen Kushner by John Joseph Adams, David Barr Kirtley, from Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

Podcastle Spotlight: Welcome to Bordertown Podcast interview with Amal El-Mohtar, Tim Pratt, Ellen Kushner and Holly Black, from PodCastle

Podcastle: "The Rowan Gentleman" by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, read by Kara Grace

Contributor Commentaries

"A Letter From Bordertown!" by Terri Kushner, Ellen Kushner, and Holly Black, Random Buzzers
Bordertown creator Windling and Welcome to Bordertown editors Kushner and Black announce the return of the series.

"I Have Walked in the Place I Dreamed of" by Annette Curtis Klause, from
Curtis Klause traces her transformation from Bordertown reader to Welcome to Bordertown writer.

"Drawing Your Way Into Bordertown" by Dylan Meconis, from
Meconis details the process of creating a collaborative graphic story with Sara Ryan for Welcome to Bordertown.

"Border Crossings" by Tim Pratt, from
Pratt negotiates the shifting boundaries of his own life before crossing into Bordertown as a series author.

"Finding the Way" by Sara Ryan, from
Ryan remembers missing the exit for Bordertown as a young writer, and finding her way to the Border with the new anthology.

"Running Away to Bordertown," by Janni Lee Simner, from
Simner dreams of running away to Minneapolis before discovering Bordertown.

"The Big Idea: Ellen Kusher" by Ellen Kushner, from Whatever
Kushner writes her introduction for Welcome to Bordertown.

"A Return to Bordertown" by Ellen Kushner, from Suvudu Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kushner discusses how Welcome to Bordertown came to be.


"An Introduction to Bordertown"
Premier science fiction and fantasy site offers a Bordertown primer for newcomers to the series.

"A Noob's Trip to Bordertown" by Patty Templeton, from
Writer and librarian Patty Templeton crosses the Border for the first time with Welcome to Bordertown.

"The Gates to Bordertown Have Opened" by Erzebet YellowBoy, Cabinet Des Fées
Author and publisher Erzebet YellowBoy reminiscences about her early ventures into Bordertown, with excerpts and insight from the new anthology.

"Bordertown and Me," by Colleen Mondor, Chasing Ray
Author and critic Colleen Mondor remembers what discovering Bordertown meant to her.

"Rereading the Border: Borderland" by Kat Howard,
Academic and writer Kat Howard examines the earliest Bordertown books.

"The Book Trailer & The Imagination" by Christiana Salah, from Inis Magazine
Children's Books Ireland (CBI) singles out the Welcome to Bordertown book trailer as an innovative example of how live-action footage can heighten anticipation of the reading experience for young readers.

"Genres Part Four--Urban Fantasy" by Misty Massey, from Magical Words
Author Misty Massey cites Bordertown as the forerunner of the urban fantasy genre.

Review Excerpts

"Bordertown has reopened to a new generation of runaways, misfits, and dreamers. This gritty metropolis... immerses readers into a fully realized urban fantasy world."

"Punk-rock, DIY fantasy... Here's to another generation finding comfort and inspiration on the border."

"The editors have amassed a tremendous collection of stories, poems, and even a graphic story by many of today's top fantasy writers. There is no weak link."

"Truthful, realistic, and diverse... More progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that's a good thing... Characters deal with everything, from racial tensions (which applies to human constructions of race as well as to fights between elves and humans) to discovering their sexuality to homelessness.

"This is fantasy for readers who are sick of Eurocentric dragon-and-princess stories. This is fiction for those who want to find characters who are more truthful, realistic and diverse than in mainstream YA. This is the next best thing to being able to go to Bordertown yourself."

"Perfect for readers who long for more fantasy in their life."

"A gritty urban landscape full of runaways from the world and the realm seeking freedom, magic and mystery, making music, love and war... Bordertown lives!"

"An honestly magical escape."

"Stunning... fun and engaging."

"Still the best mash-up of music, faery and coming-of-age drama. Long live Bordertown."

"A sign of where urban fantasy can go and what it can do."

"Buy it. Then tell your friends to buy it. I'd say lend it out, but you might not get it back."

And many more:

Kirkus Reviews OnlineCabinet des FéesFantasy Matters CassandraYorgey.comFeathered Quill Book ReviewsFringe ElementVersificationSleeping HedgehogExaminer.comThe English BookshelfSeanan McGuireSteven Hunt's SFCrowsnestBook NookBlack Gate Not If You Were the Last Short Story on Earth

Fan Reviews: Blogs and Video

"YA fantasy writing at its best."

— Susanna P, SusieBookworm

"5 Stars."

Video review by Morgyn, YouTube