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Adrian Van Young in conversation with Anya Groner

October 28 • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us Saturday, October 28th at 5 pm to celebrate the launch of Midnight Self by Adrian Van Young!

Adrian will be in conversation with Anya Groner.

This event is free to attend.

About the book:

Adrian Van Young beckons readers further into the shifting borderlands of the Gothic and uncanny in his second collection, Midnight Self. Space colonists menaced by a grotesque alien creature adapt a grim charter to ensure their survival. An exhausted new mother makes an uneasy discovery when her baby monitor’s signal gets crossed with another. An heiress imprisoned in a labyrinth of her own making is forced into an obliterating confrontation with grief. A carnivorous car lot tube man terrorizes a gang of transphobic bullies. An army nurse discovers that war’s terrors still hound her in new, chilling forms. Written in the tradition of Angela Carter, George Saunders and Mariana Enriquez, Midnight Self explores the dissociation of being human and the humanity of being monstrous.

About the author:

Adrian Van Young is the author of three books of fiction: the story collection, The Man Who Noticed Everything (Black Lawrence Press), the novel, Shadows in Summerland (Open Road Media), and the forthcoming collection, Midnight Self (Black Lawrence Press in October 2023). His fiction, non-fiction & criticism have been published or are forthcoming in Electric Literature’s Recommended ReadingBlack Warrior Review, Conjunctions, Guernica, Slate, VICE, BOMB, Granta, McSweeney’s and The New Yorker online, among others. He teaches high school Creative Writing and English, and lives in New Orleans with his family. More at: adrianvanyoung.com.

Anya Groner is a journalist, fiction writer, and essayist, with work in Guernica,The New York Times,The Oxford American,Orion Magazine and The Atlantic. Her audio reporting and production is featured in Monument Lab’s podcast Plot of Land which explores how land ownership and housing in the United States have been shaped by the entrenched interplay of power, public memory, and privatization. Groner is a recipient of numerous awards including from the Cincinnati Review, Studio in the Woods, Loyola University, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Meridian Magazine, and the Louisiana Board of Regents and her work has received recognition from Best American Short Stories, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Science Writing, and Best American Essays. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, children, and dogs, and teaches creative writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Art and the New Orleans Writers Workshop. Her writing is represented by Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Services.


October 28
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Blue Cypress Books
8123 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118 United States


Blue Cypress Books