Join us for a reading with author BettyJoyce Nash, who will read from her debut novel, Everybody Here Is Kin. A conversation with writer Helen Chandler will follow. This in-person event will be cosponsored by WriterHouse and will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: A misanthropic veteran meets a bossy-but-terrified thirteen-year-old, minding her two siblings, alone, on a barrier island. Everybody Here is Kin explores the lives of this sinking family in an island community, where everyone seems weirdly kin. They fear exposing wounds, old and new, when natural disaster forces them to trust, and depend on, strangers.
About the Author: BettyJoyce Nash’s essays, articles, and stories have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, North Dakota Quarterly, Reckon Review, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. Radio essays have aired on NPR affiliate WVTF. Her fiction also has been recognized with fellowships from MacDowell, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA-France, and The Ragdale Foundation. She earned an MSJ with distinction from Northwestern’s Medill Journalism School. Her MFA is from Queens. She teaches fiction at WriterHouse in Charlottesville; she’s taught writing at the University of Richmond and at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Everybody Here is Kin is her first novel.
About the Moderator: Helen Chandler is a writer from Ireland living in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Poe/Faulkner fellow and edited Meridian magazine. Her stories, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She is at work on a nonfiction book about aunts.
Everybody Here Is Kin will be released on September 19. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.
"In her beautiful Everybody Here is Kin, BettyJoyce Nash has laid bare the ways our blood betrays and restores us. The book is a powerful exploration of love’s shadowy forms, and the ways our relationships are as shaped by desire as they are by the places we’ve called home, the places we keep running from and toward."
—Bret Anthony Johnston
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