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Tiphanie Yanique on Monster in the Middle with Brandon Taylor


Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT October 26, 2021

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

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.

Fly and Stela meet in New York City, and it’s fate. As they discover more about each other through their budding romance, the two must decide whether they’re meant to be. The answer, they find, lays decades earlier, as early as their parents’ earliest loves. In Monster in the Middle, Tiphanie Yanique (winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for Land of Love and Drowning) explores how family lore and intergenerational emotional inheritance shape one couple’s emotional and riveting love story. She joins The Center for Fiction for a discussion on the launch of this electric new novel with author Brandon Taylor (Real Life).

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  • Tiphanie Yanique (c) Kay Hinton - Zach Cihlar

    Tiphanie Yanique

    Tiphanie Yanique

    Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the award-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, as well as the poetry collection Wife. Winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2014, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her short fiction has been published in the New Yorker and anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2020. Originally from the Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, where she is a professor at Emory University.

    Photo Credit: Kay Hinton

  • Brandon Bill Adams

    Brandon Taylor

    Brandon Taylor

    Brandon Taylor is the author of the acclaimed novel Real Life, which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and been named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. The senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction.