Join us Tuesday, July 2nd as we welcome Will McGrath, author of EVERYTHING LOST IS FOUND AGAIN (Dzanc Books) in conversation with author of SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, Jessie Ann Foley. This will be a reading, conversation and signing event. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Will McGrath's debut book, Everything Lost Is Found Again, won the 2019 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography & Memoir, as well as the Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize. He has written for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, AFAR, Foreign Affairs, The Rumpus, Guernica, and Roads & Kingdoms, among other fine publications. His nonfiction won the Felice Buckvar Prize and has been translated into Chinese, Hungarian, and Japanese.
EVERYTHING LOST IS FOUND AGAIN most recently won the 2019 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography & Memoir. The book is a love-drunk ballad to the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho (in southern Africa), where the author lived for nearly two years. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it "a wonderful book, keenly observed, a breezy, thought-provoking read" and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press says "the writing is so graceful, full of fun and tender, it is hard to put down". Booklist says the book belongs "in the best tradition of travel writing...reminds readers of the essential oneness of humanity". In addition to its most recent award, Everything Lost Is Found Again also won the Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize.
Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel, The Carnival at Bray, was a Printz Honor Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, Neighborhood Girls, was a Booklist Editor’s Choice and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title. Her latest novel, Sorry for Your Loss, will be published in June by HarperTeen. She lives with her family in Chicago, where she was born and raised. Find her on Instagram at @jessieannfoley.
In SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. His lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path.
The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.”
When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose.
And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.