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October 9 at 7:00 PM
Novelist Katy Yocom and nonfiction writer Dianne Aprile read in celebration of the launch of Three Ways to Disappear, Yocom’s debut novel, which won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature.
After the reading, the discussion will be moderated by bestselling author Elizabeth George, who said about the novel:
“For her debut novel, Katy Yocom has created a wonderful piece of environmental fiction. She weaves together a tale about the past, about family, about forgiveness, about the ties that bind people to their culture, and about a magnificent endangered species: the Indian tiger. That she manages to do all this without putting a foot wrong anywhere is a testimony to her talent and to her passion for a world in which all creatures deserve to live their lives without fear. It’s a book whose characters and subject matter will remain with you long after you reach its conclusion.”
Katy Yocom traveled to India to research her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear (Ashland Creek Press, 2019), which won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. Her writing has appeared in American Way in-flight magazine, Newsweek, Salon, Literary Hub, Necessary Fiction, the Louisville Review, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Kentucky Foundation for Women and received the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned her MFA from Spalding University and now serves as associate director of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.
Dianne Aprile is the author and editor of nonfiction books, including two collaborations with fine-art photographer Julius Friedman. Her essay “Silence” appears in the anthology This I Believe, Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies. Aprile was the recipient of the Al Smith artist fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is a recipient of a Hedgebrook Women Writers Residency and Washington State Artist Trust Writers Fellowship. As a journalist, she was on a team that won a staff Pulitzer Prize for the Louisville Courier-Journal and was an award-winning columnist. She is currently working on a family memoir. She holds an MFA from Spalding University.
Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, which have been translated into thirty languages and featured on television by the BBC. A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program). She has also written the bestselling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.