Lighthouse Presents: Elisa Gabbert, Khadijah Queen, and David Weiden Book Launch

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Join us for the launch of new books by Lighthouse faculty David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Elisa Gabbert, and Khadijah Queen, with special guest Craig Johnson. 

Part I features a conversation between Weiden and Johnson about Weiden’s debut novel, Winter Counts, and Part II features a reading of new books by Weiden, Gabbert, and Queen, followed by Q & A.

Elisa Gabbert is the author of five collections of poetry, essays, and criticism: The Unreality of Memory & Other Essays, forthcoming in August 2020 from FSG Originals (available for preorder now) and Atlantic UKThe Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018); L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016); The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013); and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). The Word Pretty was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, and The Self Unstable was chosen by the New Yorker as one of the best books of 2013. She writes a regular poetry column for the New York Times, and her work has appeared in Harper’sThe New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian Long Read, the London Review of Books, A Public Space, the Paris Review Daily, American Poetry Review, and many other venues.

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25

Khadijah Queen, PhD, is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017), praised in O MagazineThe New Yorker, Rain TaxiLos Angeles Review, and elsewhere as “quietly devastating,” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out.“

Individual poems and prose appear in Poetry, Fence, Tin House, American Poetry ReviewBuzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, LitHub, New Delta Review, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. Other reviews of her work can be found in BOMB Magazine, SCOUT, Publishers Weekly, Open Letters Monthly, The Volta, Kenyon Review, and other publications. Her 2019 op-ed on poetry and disability, co-edited with Jillian Weise, appeared in The New York Times. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. Her sixth book, ANODYNE, is forthcoming from Tin House in August 2020.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is author of the novel WINTER COUNTS (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming August 25, 2020), chosen as one of 2020’s most anticipated books by Library JournalUSA TodayCrimeReadsBuzzFeedThe RumpusElectric LitBetchesShondalandLit HubThe Millions, and Book Riot, and receiving rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.

WINTER COUNTS is the story of a local Native American enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation who becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the dealer who is bringing increasingly dangerous drugs into his community.  It’s a Native thriller, an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity.  Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark Net, says, “The full-throttle, can’t-put-it-downness of this novel is a fact.  WINTER COUNTS is a hell of a gripping debut, perfectly plotted, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden is a major new voice in crime fiction, indigenous fiction, and American literature.”

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Aug 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm