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The Center for Fiction Presents: Morgan Talty on Night of the Living Rez with Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT July 12, 2022

The Center for Fiction*
& Online via Zoom

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.

The Center for Fiction is thrilled to welcome Narrative “30 Below 30” author Morgan Talty to the stage in honor of his debut short story collection, Night of the Living Rez. The collection is a striking amalgam of stories about what it means to be Penobscot, told through the eyes of various individuals in a Native community in Maine. Talty’s work is a celebration of contemporary fiction and the magic of the short story, challenging our imaginations of perspective and place with persistent humor and compassion.

Join Talty in conversation with author and educator Ashleigh Bell Pedersen (The Crocodile Bride) for this fantastic discussion of self, people, and place on the leading edge of the contemporary short story.


*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event in person. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of it)
  • A record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered your vaccine

Anyone 5 and older is required to show proof of two vaccine doses or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Anyone 18 and older must also present a government issued photo ID.

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.

Night of the Living Rez Final cover - Claire Fennell

In Conversation

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    Morgan Talty

    Morgan Talty

    Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. Named one of Narrative’s ’30 Below 30,’ Talty’s work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine.

  • Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen’s fiction has been featured in New Stories from the South, the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, Design Observer, the Silent History, A Strange Object, and the New York Public Library’s Library Simplified app. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Brooklyn, where she writes, acts in theater and film, and attempts to teach her dog, Ernie, proper leash manners.