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October Third Thursday: “Debut Fiction: The Big (Publication) Day and Beyond”

October 21, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

This month, join us for the second conversation in our two-part conversation with debut novelists Alex McElroy, Stacey Swann, and Monica West. 

In April, we spoke to these three authors about “The Road to Publication.” (You can view that conversation here.) We’re excited to welcome them back – six months later – to talk about “The Big (Publication) Day and Beyond.” We’ll catch up with them on the journey since publication, including the highs and the lows and the in-betweens, and we’ll hear what’s next for each of them. This is a unique opportunity to look back on the publishing process with the fresh perspectives of three authors who have just been through it. We hope you’ll take a look at the April conversation and join us for this wrap-up event.

The conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

RSVP to receive the link. We hope to see you there!

Note: This event will start at 6:30 PM CDT (earlier than our usual 8:00 PM start time). 

Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our October Third Thursday booklist here.

Featured Presenter(s)

Alex McElroy Alex McElroy is a non-binary writer based in Brooklyn. Their first novel, The Atmospherians, will be published by Atria in May 2021. Other writing appears in Vice, The Atlantic, Tin House, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and their first book, Daddy Issues, was published in 2017. Alex has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Tin House Summer Workshop, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Inprint Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The National Parks Service.
Stacey Swann HeadshotStacey Swann’s debut novel Olympus, Texas (Doubleday) was a Good Morning America Book Club selection, an Indie Next Pick, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Swann holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, Electric Literature, Texas Highways, Epoch, and other journals. She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas, Texas.
Monica WestBorn and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Monica West received her B.A. from Duke University, her M.A. from New York University, and her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She was a Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow in 2014, and she will be a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2021. She currently lives in Oakland, California.


October 21, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
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