Emily Jon Tobias in conversation with Chelsea Bieker

Please join us in welcoming Emily Jon Tobias for her debut story collection MONARCH: Stories published by Black Lawrence Press. She will be joined in conversation with author Chelsea Bieker.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz calls Emily Jon Tobias "electrifying", and refers to MONARCH: Stories as "superb, original and thoroughly alive with heartbreak and wonder", while author Willy Vlautin writes "I can't say enough great things about this debut collection". MONARCH: Stories subverts the reader's common perceptions about how love can heal, how loss and suffering can transform, and how every character deserves a second chance. America's city scars, sewers, alleyways, and bars are landscape to their wars, as characters heal and transform under wind turbines and on open roads, in golden cornfields and with the wails of Chicago blues. Heroes in this collection are the marginalized, the down-trodden, the misfits, the wanderers, and the wounded, shaped by grief but not defined by their scars. MONARCH: Stories is an exploration of the human condition through a lens of damaged survivors breaking open through small acts of kindness, given and received.

Emily Jon Tobias is an award-winning author and poet whose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has been featured in literary journals such as Santa Clara Review, Talking River Review, The Opiate Magazine, The Ocotillo Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Big Muddy, and elsewhere. Midwestern-raised, she now lives and writes on the coast of Southern California. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University Oregon.

Chelsea Bieker is the author of the debut novel Godshot, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her story collection, Heartbroke won the California Book Award and was a New York Times "Best California Book of 2022." She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, as well as residencies at MacDowell and Tin House. Raised in Hawaii and California, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.




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Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 6:00pm
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Monarch: Stories By Emily Jon Tobias Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625570857
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Published: Black Lawrence Press - May 17th, 2024

Godshot By Chelsea Bieker Cover Image
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Published: Catapult - March 30th, 2021

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Published: Catapult - April 4th, 2023

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 3rd, 2024