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Charlie J. Stephens: A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest
Charlie J. Stephens: A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest

Sun, Apr 07


Salt Lake City

Charlie J. Stephens: A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest

Join us for a reading and signing at Under the Umbrella's Cafe!

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Time & Location

Apr 07, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Salt Lake City, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

About the Event

Charlie J. Stephens, a queer, non-binary, mixed-race writer and owner of Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center in Organ, will be reading from their debut novel A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest at Under the Umbrella Bookstore on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest, published by Torrey House Press in April 2024, is set in 1980’s Oregon, where protagonist Smokey is figuring out how to survive childhood with a young mom who is increasingly desperate in her search for love. As their mother's boyfriends come and go, Smokey aches for the comfort and safety their mother can never quite provide. When a dangerous new man moves into the house, Smokey seeks refuge in the nearby forests—finding comfort as they give themselves over to the strength and beauty of the natural world. Stephens brings forth a poignant novel that delves into the challenges of surviving a tumultuous childhood and explores universal themes of love, resilience, and finding solace in the embrace of nature. The novel has already received a starred review from Foreword Reviews and high praise from Shelf Awareness, notable authors such as Morgan Talty and Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and booksellers at Powell’s Books, Fabulosa Books, and Pegasus Books. Charlie's short fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, Best Small Fictions 2020, New World Writing, and Original Plumbing (Feminist Press). They are the winner of the fiction contest for the 2024 Saints & Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival in New Orleans, LA.

Reading in various venues through Louisiana, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington, and Alaska—from literary festivals to bookstores, libraries, and cafes—Stephens vows to get the book into the hands of as many readers as possible, particularly those in the LGBTQ community, where rights, especially for trans and non-binary individuals, are under threat.

RSVP is strongly encouraged. Masks are required, the venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpretation can be provided with advance notice.

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