Edward Carey’s Heap House reading: Birth Objects and a Trash-Strewn Cake

Excellent event with a great new local author! Looking forward to much more from Carey.


At the end of Edward Carey’s slide show introducing the weird, wise, and wonderful characters from his new middle-grade series, The Iremonger Trilogy, the audience leaped to their feet, delivered a well-deserved round of applause, and dove for their cameras. Not to photograph Carey, though he is quite photogenic, but to photograph the confection baked and constructed to celebrate the publication of the first Iremonger book, Heap House.

The cake was a rather magnificent recreation of Carey’s visionary residence of the Iremongers: a house in an island of rubbish. The Heap House.

Pictures don’t really do the cake justice. Made by Pascal Simon of Bake Austin, the Heap House cake came equipped with handcrafted bits of trash made of fondant, including a few rats and an old hubcap. The Heap House itself was a tower of Rice Krispies Treats coated in white chocolate.The cake was a secret, special…

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