The Art of the Short Story: Bojan Louis on Sinking Bell
As a part of our ongoing exploration and celebration of the craft and possibilities of the short story form, The Center for Fiction welcomes American Book Award-winner Bojan Louis (Currents) to celebrate the launch of his gritty and searching fiction debut, Sinking Bell. Offering a forceful vision of contemporary Navajo life, the collection of stories depict violent collisions of love, cultures, and racism. With a poetic sensibility and kinetic, visceral language, Louis draws empathetic portraits of day laborers, metalheads, motel managers, aspiring writers and musicians, construction workers, people passing through with the hope of something better somewhere else. His characters strain to temper predatory or self-destructive impulses; they raise families, choose families, and abandon families; they endeavor to end cycles of abuse and remake themselves anew. Join us for a powerful conversation about Louis’ immersive and indelible collection.