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May 17, 2020

Publishers Weekly names When These Mountains Burn one of the best books of summer

Publishers Weekly recently named When These Mountains Burn one of its Ten Best Books of Summer: "Joy's North Carolina noir takes readers on a white-knuckle ride through an opioid- and wildfire-ravaged region of the Smoky Mountains...The hardboiled prose crackles as the story becomes an unforgettable tale of father and son."

February 12, 2020

François Busnel visits the North Carolina mountains for La Grande Librairie

François Busnel recently visited David Joy at his home to film an upcoming episode of La Grande Librairie, a primetime television program covering literature and culture in France. Followed by an average of five to seven hundred thousand viewers weekly, it is considered to be the most influential program on book sales in the country. Busnel called Joy, "one of the most promising writers of his generation." The episode is scheduled to air in the coming months.

February 12, 2020

Joy to attend Quais Du Polar Festival in Lyon

In early April, David Joy will attend Quais Du Polar in Lyon for the French release of The Line That Held Us, Ce Lien Entre Nous, from Sonatine Editions. Quais du Polar has become a key event in France for the crime genre. This year's festival will take place April 3-5. For more information visit the website.

December 6, 2019

When These Mountains Burn available for preorder!

Joy's fourth novel, When These Mountains Burn, is now available for preorder from Putnam books. The novel, which Lee Smith deemed, "As fine a piece of writing as you are ever likely to encounter," will hit shelves next summer. Order a copy now from your favorite bookseller.

December 6, 2019

The Line That Held Us longlisted for 2020 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize

The Line That Held Us was recently longlisted for the 2020 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, which recognizes annually a writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers. The Recipient receives a $50,000 award to encourage and support forthcoming work. The shortlist finalists are expected to be named in early March and will receive $2,000 for participating in the Literary Project, followed by the announcement of a winner in early April 2020.

August 15, 2019

St. Francis College Announces Finalists for the Biennial $50,000 SFC Literary Prize

The Line That Held Us was recently named one of six finalists for the 2019 St. Francis College Literary Award, a $50,000 biennial award for an author's third to fifth work of published fiction. The SFC Literary Prize began in 2009 to recognize outstanding fiction by writers in the middle stages of their careers, once they have advanced beyond eligibility for awards for authors' debut works. Read about all six finalists here.

June 28, 2019

How Stories From Home Changed My Students

Marianne Leek, a teacher at tiny Hayesville High in Clay County, North Carolina introduced her students to writers from their Appalachian home, like Ron Rash and David Joy. It opened up new worlds for the kids and faculty alike. Click here to read the story.

February 14, 2019

The Line That Held Us wins the 2019 Southern Book Prize

Joy's latest novel, The Line That Held Us, wins the 2019 Southern Book Prize from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA). Finalists included #1 New York Times Bestselling Novels Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, as well Taylor Brown's Gods Of Howl Mountain, Lauren Groff's Florida, Therese Anne Fowler A Well-Behaved Woman, and Alyson Hagy's Scribe.

September 24, 2018

Gabino Iglesias interviews Joy for Los Angeles Review Of Books

Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints, talks with Joy about The Line That Held Us, Appalachia, fishing, and a host of other topics for the Los Angeles Review Of Books.

September 6, 2018

Joy speaks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro on NPR's Weekend Edition

Joy recently sat down with NPR Weekend Edition host Lulu Garcia-Navarro to talk about his new novel The Line That Held Us.

September 6, 2018

Los Angeles Times praises The Line That Held Us

The Los Angeles Times recently called The Line That Held Us, "a suspenseful page-turner, complete with one of the absolutely killer endings that have become one of Joy’s signatures."

September 6, 2018

Joy speaks with Franks Stasio on WUNC's The State Of Things

Joy joined North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State Of Things to discuss The Line That Held Us and its central themes of family and place. Joy also talked about how Appalachian culture has changed in the past few decades as the world becomes more mobile and globalized.

August 1, 2018

The Line That Held Us selected as an August Book Of The Month

The Line That Held Us was recently named a selection for August by Book Of The Month, a wonderful subscription service offering members a choice between five new hardbacks each month. If you're unfamiliar with the book club, be sure to check them out!

July 26, 2018

TIME Magazine devotes issue to the American South

TIME Magazine recently devoted its entire August 6, 2018 issue to covering the American South. The issue featured a beautiful essay by Jesmyn Ward, and a list of "31 People Changing The South" that included Joy's good friend, Chuck Reece, founder of The Bitter Southerner. Joy was honored to contribute this essay on the culture of hunting camp.

June 25, 2018

Looking At Appalachia kicks off Call And Response

Looking At Appalachia, a crowdsourced photo project started by West Virginia photographer Roger May to capture the diversity of Appalachia, recently started a new Call And Response series. Call and Response is a photo-literary exploration devoted to the relationship between photographs and words. Using photographs from Looking at Appalachia, writers are encouraged to respond narratively to a single image in 1,000 words or less. Joy wrote this nonfiction short to help kick off the project.

June 7, 2018

The Weight Of This World wins 2018 WCSA Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

The Weight Of This World recently won the 2018 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA). Judges called the novel, "a raw look at the lives people live when left with very little kindness or opportunity, and few options. A powerful, pointed narrative that’s hard to read, but harder to turn away from.”

April 2, 2018

Gun Culture Is My Culture. And I Fear for What It Has Become.

In the wake of mass shootings, a lifetime of gun ownership leads to unsettling questions. Joy writes about being torn between two worlds for The New York Times Magazine.

December 7, 2017

An ode to the perfect friendship in Garden & Gun Magazine

On a small North Carolina farm, two anxious souls make one fine pair. For the Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018 issue of Garden & Gun Magazine, Joy writes about his best friend Chaz: a pink skinned, bronze eyed, wirehaired, twenty-seven pound mutt built for slipping beneath barbed-wire fence at twenty miles an hour.

November 5, 2017

Joy Remembers Fish Camps For Charlotte Magazine

When Joy was growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, six fish camps dotted the Catawba River within 10 miles of his childhood home. Now, only two remain. Joy remembers, "a culture on the verge of extinction," for Charlotte Magazine.

September 24, 2017

Joy discusses geographical divides for National Agenda Series

On Sept. 20th, Joy visited the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication to discuss geographical divides as part of the 7th annual "National Agenda" Speaker Series. This year's theme is "As We Stand, Divided" and includes renowned speakers such as former Vice President Joe Biden. Joy was honored to be a part of the series which fostered a wonderful dialogue on politics, poverty, drugs, violence, rural living, community, and education. The full interview is now available online.

September 24, 2017

Gabino Iglesias Interviews David Joy for PANK Magazine

Gabino Iglesias sat down with David Joy recently to talk Appalachia, noir, and fishing for PANK Magazine.

September 1, 2017

Joy to speak on geographical divides at University Of Delaware

The University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication is hosting the 7th annual "National Agenda" Speaker Series beginning September 6, 2017. This year's theme is "As We Stand, Divided." With nationally known speakers, the university will explore the many cultural divides in the United States, including gender, geographic, religious, and partisan. The program encourages students, staff, faculty, and community members to join the conversation. Joy will speak on September 20th, 2017.

July 23, 2017

Joy Talks With NPR'S Weekend Edition Sunday

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro welcomed Joy onto Weekend Edition Sunday to discuss his Bitter Southerner essay, "Digging In The Trash."

July 18, 2017

New York Times calls "Digging In The Trash" a must read

"Why do so many people, when they hear the word 'trailer' follow it immediately with 'trash?' David Joy...takes readers to the lands of trailers and churches in his native North Carolina, writing...“about poverty and hopelessness, addiction and violence,” but also about friendship and laughter and strength and a kind of stubborn resilience. If one message of the 2016 election is that we must know worlds other than our own, we can ask for no better guide than David Joy." -The New York Times

July 18, 2017

David Joy helps Central Haywood students find their voice

As a writer, it’s easy to feel that one’s ability is never quite good enough; as a writer in the American South — long a befuddled region characterized by ugly stereotypes highlighting ignorance and violence — even more so. But, as a class full of Central Haywood High School students heard recently, finding one’s voice isn’t necessarily something that comes from without, but rather from within. 

July 14, 2017

Joy Looks at the Rural-Urban Divide by Digging In The Trash

They say we need to learn to talk to each other. They say we need to bridge the rural-urban divide. But that’s hard when folks see trailers and immediately think “trash.” David Joy, one of the most celebrated young Southern novelists today, brings his nonfiction to The Bitter Southerner — some genuine truth about his people, who are among the most misunderstood in the South.

March 7, 2017

The Weight Of This World Available Now!

Hailed by the New York Times as "bleakly beautiful", Joy's sophomore effort, The Weight Of This World is a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past. The AP noted that, "Scenes unfold at a furious pace, yet contain such rich description that readers will do well to read slowly, savoring Joy’s prose...[These characters] are hopelessly conflicted, dripping with history and heartache, yet they cling to unique dreams about what life could look like if they carried a bit less weight.”

June 21, 2017

WALTTG Longlisted for 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Among 43 American titles, Where All Light Tends To Go was recently longlisted for the €100,000 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations came from libraries in 109 cities and 40 countries worldwide. The shortlist will be published on April 11, 2017 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on June 21.

June 28, 2017

French Edition of Where All Light Tends To Go Available Now

The French edition of Where All Light Tends to Go is available now from Sonatine Editions. Sonatine has a wonderful history, including the translations of writers like Gillian Flynn, Larry McMurtry, Meg Wolitzer, and Harry Crews. Joy is extremely excited about having his work represented in the French market.

June 21, 2017

Joy Joins Writer's Bone With Essay On Place

Joy recently joined the Writer's Bone team with an essay titled, "One Place misUnderstood." Coupled with images by Appalachian photographer Roger May, the essay examines the difficulty in defining Appalachia--even for Appalachians--and the danger of regionalization.

April 27, 2017

WALTTG Named an Edgar® Award Finalist for First Novel

Where All Light Tends To Go was named a finalist for the 2016 Edgar® Awards for Best First Novel. The Mystery Writers of America announced on January 19th, celebrating the 207th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. Along with four other debut novels, Joy's Where All Light Tends To Go was recognized for Best First Novel.

July 5, 2017

Signed / Personalized Copies of WALTTG at City Light Bookstore

If you would like to have a signed, personalized copy of Where All Light Tends To GoCity Lights Bookstore is your go-to source. Simply order a copy via their online store, 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!

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