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