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Ashleigh Bryant Phillips Virtual Book Launch: Sleepovers (In Conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott)

The Ivy Bookshop is glad to present virtual versions of our scheduled book launches this summer! We hope you will tune in! On June 17, The Ivy proudly presents the launch for Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, whose story collection Sleepovers is one of the most buzzed about books this season! Ashleigh will be in conversation with award-winning writer Rion Amilcar Scott, moderated by Monika Woods. This event will take place on Zoom.

Though this virtual event is free to attend, we are encouraging donations to BALT, an organization that provides legal support to Baltimore communities as they exercise their civil liberties protesting against injustices rooted in structural racism and economic inequality.

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About the Book:

Hailed by Lauren Groff as "fully committed to the truth no matter how dark or difficult or complicated it may be," and written with "incantatory crispness," Sleepovers, the debut short story collection by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips.

This collection takes us to a forgotten corner of the rural South, full of cemeteries, soybean fields, fishing holes, and Duck Thru gas stations. We meet a runaway teen, a mattress salesman, feral kittens, an elderly bachelorette wearing a horsehair locket, and a little girl named after Shania Twain. Here, time and memory circle above Phillips' characters like vultures and angels, as they navigate the only landscape they've ever known. Corn reaches for rain, deer run blindly, and no matter how hungry or hurt, some forgotten hymn is always remembered. "The literary love child of Carson McCullers and John the Baptist, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips' imagination is profoundly original and private," writes Rebecca Lee. Sleepovers marks the debut of a fearless new voice in fiction.

Sleepovers is the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, selected by Lauren Groff.

About the Presenters:

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips is from rural Woodland, North Carolina. She's a graduate of Meredith College and earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her stories have appeared in The Oxford AmericanThe Paris Review and others. Winner of the C. Micheal Curtis Short Story Book Prize, Sleepovers (Hub City Press, June 2020) is her first book.

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019), which was awarded the 2020 Towson Prize for Literature and a was a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Rumpus, among others.

Monika Woods is a writer, literary agent, and founder of Triangle House. She is based in Brooklyn where she lives with her family.






Event Details

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:30pm



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