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David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends To GoWelcome to the official site of David Joy. Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) and The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017), as well as the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011). Joy is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and has been nominated for awards such as the Pushcart Prize. He is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.


Where All Light Tends To Go paperback due out Feb. 2 from Putnam

As part of its inaugural paperback season, Putnam Books will be releasing Where All Light Tends To Go in paperback on February 2, 2016. Preorder a copy today!


Joy featured on an episode of Books & Co.

Joy was honored to have been featured on an episode of Books & Co., which aired on May 21 as part of the show's eighteenth season. In 1993, long before Oprah’s picks and celebrity book clubs, Eight, Arizona PBS introduced Books & Co. The series was based on a simple premise. They would invite writers to join their host to discuss their work and the craft of writing. Over the years, Books & Co. has captured some remarkably candid moments as more than 150 guests have shared their thoughts, their moods, even their intellectual quirks. Their back-catalog of authors from all literary genres includes familiar names like Sherman Alexie, David Baldacci, Ann Brashares, Clive Cussler, E.L. Doctorow, Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Kingsolver, Yann Martel, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Jodi Picoult and Anne Rice. To watch the full episode click here.

Joy included in Appalachia Now anthology

Continuing it's rich Appalachian Fiction Series, Bottom Dog Press has compiled an anthology of contemporary Appalachian fiction from some of today's strongest writers in the region. Joy is proud to have his work seated beside established names like Chris Offutt and Darnell Arnoult. This anthology of contemporary Appalachian stories includes sharp, vivid evocations of a place, its people and culture. Appalachia Now isn’t seeking sentimental treatments, but strong human stories. Order a copy from your independent bookseller today.



Indigo names Where All Light Tends To Go one of the best books of 2015

Where All Light Tends To Go was recently selected as one of the best books of 2015 by Canada's leading bookstore, Indigo. Aside from being a tremendous honor, Joy is proud to be selected by a company dedicated to getting books into the hands of children across Canada. In 2004, Indigo started the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a program which helps provide new books and learning materials to high-needs elementary schools, enhancing the literacy and self-esteem of students. Indigo commits $1.5 million annually to schools across Canada.



Order signed and personalized copies of Where All Light Tends To Go from Joy's local indie bookstore

If you would like to have a copy of Where All Light Tends To Go signed by the author, or even personalized to you, City Lights Bookstore is happy to help no matter where you are in the country. Simply order a copy online, just as you would through any other major online retailer, and then indicate that you would like a signed copy in the comments field of the order form. If you want the book personalized to you or someone you know, simply indicate how you would like the book to be signed in the comments field and Joy will be more than happy to do so. Order your copy from City Lights Bookstore today!