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Book Launch | Subduction by Kristen Millares Young

April 24 at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Hugo House, Red Hen Press & Elliott Bay Book Co.

Kristen Millares Young spent years researching Subduction before she began to write her debut novel, forthcoming from Red Hen Press on April 14, 2020. A lyric retelling of the troubled history of encounter in the Americas, Subduction follows a Latinx anthropologist, Claudia, as she embarks on fieldwork on the Makah Indian Reservation carrying serious baggage—her husband just ran off with her sister. Claudia loses control as soon as she arrives in Neah Bay, where she begins an affair with Peter, the son of her best research participant. Claudia helps Peter’s family convey a legacy delayed for decades by the death of his father. But her presence, echoing centuries of fraught contact with indigenous peoples, brings lasting change and real damage, too.

Through Peter and Claudia’s brutal and ardent collision, Subduction portrays not only their strange allegiance after grievous losses but also their imperfect attempts to find community on the Makah Indian Reservation. An intimate tale of stunning betrayals, Subduction bears witness to the power of stories to disrupt—and also to heal.

“The brilliance of Subduction only suggests the wonders to come. It is a good day for us when Kristen Millares Young puts pen to paper. Highly recommended.”
—Luis Alberto Urrea

Read more advance praise and check out the pre-order link on the website of Elliott Bay Book Co, which will host book sales at the launch, to be followed by a Q&A and revelry. Please RSVP at the bottom of the page.

About the Author

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction (Red Hen Press). An investigative journalist, book critic and essayist, Kristen serves as prose writer-in-residence at Hugo House. Her work appears in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Poetry Northwest, Joyland Magazine, Crosscut, Hobart, Proximity and Moss, as well as the anthologies Pie & Whiskey, a 2017 New York Times New & Notable Book, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury of New York and London, 2021). Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Her reporting has been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Kristen was a fellow at the UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program, and the University of Washington Graduate School. From 2016 to 2019, she served as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom she cofounded in 2009 to protect vulnerable peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest.

About the Moderator

Photo © Karen Ducey Photography

Melanie McFarland is the TV critic for Salon.com. The current vice president of the Television Critics Association, McFarland has lent her expert commentary to a variety of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, American Public Media, and the BBC. Her work has appeared in Variety, The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Oregonian, Chicago Tribune, Geekwire, Rotten Tomatoes, and Parade Magazine, as well as the anthology The Women of David Lynch.

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