Belfast Author Conference with Morgan Talty: Night of the Living Rez


BELFAST – Left Bank Books invites the public to a free lecture and book signing by leading novelist Morgan Talty, author of the new collection of stories, Living Ground NightWednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.

“In twelve gripping and luminescent stories, Talty – with searing humor, unrelenting compassion and deep insight – breathes life into stories of family and community as they grapple with a painful past and an uncertain future,” Left said. Bank, in a press release. Release.

Set in Maine on the Penobscot Indian National Reservation where Talty grew up, the stories are held together by David, a Penobscot boy who lives on the rez.

Talty’s stories are sad, tragic, full of humor. According to Left Bank, Talty said that while he writes a lot about struggles and problems, “too much can be difficult to handle. That’s where humor comes in. In my work, humor is part of alleviating the pain that readers may feel for these characters, but it’s also, I think, kind of in my DNA. . There’s a lot in this book that’s personal, and the humor has been a big part of my coping with the hardships my family and I have faced.

Living Ground Night was named to the New York Times and Good Housekeeping “Best Books of Summer 2022” lists; it was a “most anticipated” book on LitHub; and Talty was cited as a “writer to watch” by Publishers Weekly.

Talty’s work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub and elsewhere. Winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, his work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Talty is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing and Native American and Contemporary Literature at the University of Maine, Orono, and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts. Talty is also a prose editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Copies of Living Ground Night are available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Reservations are highly recommended, depending on the bookstore, and can be made by calling the bookstore (207.338.9009) or emailing: [email protected]

The shop is located in downtown Belfast at 109 Church Street. There is free parking in front of the store and on adjacent municipal land.


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