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Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle and Myriam Chancy, What Storm, What Thunder
Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle and Myriam Chancy, What Storm, What Thunder

Mon, Nov 07



Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle and Myriam Chancy, What Storm, What Thunder

Tiphanie and Myriam will be in conversation with author, Jamie Figueroa (Brother Sister Mother Explorer.)

Date, Time & Location

Nov 07, 2022, 6:00 PM MST


About the Event

This event will live stream on Zoom, please register to watch here. 

Award-winning author Typhanie Yanique’s Monster in the Middle moves across decades, from the U.S. to the Virgin Islands to Ghana and back again, to show how one couple’s romance is intrinsically influenced by the family lore and love stories that preceded their own pairing. Exploring desire and identity, religion and class, passion and obligation, the novel posits that in order to answer the question “who are we meant to be with?” we must first understand who we are and how we came to be. When Fly and Stela meet in 21st Century New York City, it seems like fate. He’s a Black American musician from a mixed-religious background who knows all about heartbreak. She’s a Catholic science teacher from the Caribbean, looking for lasting love. But are they meant to be? The answer goes back decades—all the way to their parents’ earliest loves.

Monster in the Middle paperback publishing October 18, available to purchase  online here or call the store  (505) 988-4226

In the American Book Award-winning novel What Storm, What Thunder author Myriam J. A. Chancy masterfully charts the inner lives of characters affected by an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. Richard, an expat and wealthy water-bottling executive with a secret daughter; the daughter, Anne, an architect who drafts affordable housing structures for a global NGO; a small-time drug trafficker, Leopold, who pines for a beautiful call girl; Sonia and her business partner, Dieudonné, who are followed by a man they believe is the vodou spirit of death; Didier, an emigrant musician who drives a taxi in Boston; Sara, a mother haunted by the ghosts of her children in an IDP camp; her husband, Olivier, an accountant forced to abandon the wife he loves; their son, Jonas, who haunts them both; and Ma Lou, the old woman selling produce in the market who remembers them all. This is a singular, stunning record, a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of disaster, and—at the same time—an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. American Book Award Winner, Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist, A NPR, Boston Globe, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Order What Storm What Thunder online here or call the store (505) 988-4226

About the Authors

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the award-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, as well as the poetry collection Wife. Winner of the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel award, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2020. Originally from the Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, where she is a professor at Emory University.

Myriam J. A. Chancy, Ph.D. is a Guggenheim Fellow and HBA Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College. She is the author of What Storm, What Thunder, a novel on the 2010 Haiti earthquake (HarperCollins Canada/Tin House USA 2021), awarded a 2022 American Book Award (ABA) from the Before Columbus Foundation, and named a "Best Book of 2021,"  by NPR, Kirkus, the Chicago Public Library, the New York Public Library, Library Journal, the Boston Globe, Amazon Books & Canada's Globe & Mail. WS, WT was also shortlisted for the Caliba Golden Poppy Award, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize, and longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize. Her past novels include: The Loneliness of Angels, winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award, for Best Fiction 2010; The Scorpion’s Claw and Spirit of Haiti, shortlisted in the Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region of the Commonwealth Prize, 2004. Her recent writings have appeared in Journal, Electric Literature,  Guernica and Room Magazine.

Jamie Figueroa is the author of the critically acclaimed novel BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER. Figueroa is Boricua (Afro-Taíno) by way of Ohio and is a longtime resident of northern New Mexico. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Emergence Magazine, Elle, McSweeney’s, and Agni, among others. She received a Truman Capote Award and was a Bread Loaf Rona Jaffe Scholar. A VONA alum, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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