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The Art of the Short Story: Bojan Louis on Sinking Bell

Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT November 9, 2022

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

In-person tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

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.

Sinking Bell - Eliana Cohen-Orth


  • Louis, Bojan (Sara Sams) MAIN (1) - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Bojan Louis

    Bojan Louis

    Bojan Louis is Diné of the Naakai dine’é, born for the Áshííhí. He is the author of a book of poetry, Currents, which received an American Book Award. He has been a resident at MacDowell. He teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.

    Photo Credit: Sara Sams