Author Event and Book Signing - Katy Yocom
Katy Yocom - Three Ways to Disappear
With dramatic urgency, a powerful sense of place, and a beautifully rendered cast of characters revealing a deep understanding of human nature in all its flawed glory, author Katy Yocom has created in Three Ways to Disappear (Ashland Creek Press) an unforgettable debut novel about saving all that is precious, from endangered species to the indelible bonds among family.
Join Katy Yocom in conversation with Jill Kelly Koren, Associate Professor of English and Program Chair of Education at Ivy Tech Community College, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. The event is free and open to the public; no registration required. To pre-order the book now, drop in or call Village Lights, 812-265-1800. The book will also be available at the event.
Three Ways to Disappear
Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn--also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets--tries to support her sister, even as she fears that India will be Sarah's undoing.
As Sarah faces challenges in her new job--made complicated by complex local politics and a forbidden love--Quinn copes with their mother's refusal to talk about the past, her son's life-threatening illness, and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared--from their shared history, from one another--and recognize that they may need to risk everything to find themselves again.
Katy Yocom has seen her fiction, poetry, and essays appear in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, Midlife at the Oasis, and elsewhere. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poetry has been translated into Bulgarian. Her novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize and the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize. She is a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council and has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Elizabeth George Foundation as well as writing residencies from Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Crosshatch Hill House. She holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University, co-directs the Spalding at 21c reading series in Louisville, and serves on the board of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She lives with her husband and animal companions in Louisville, where she is associate director of Spalding's low-residency MFA in Writing program.
Katy Yocom’s courageous novel Three Ways to Disappear brings us closer to our ancient kinship with the environment...Yocom offers an exciting and suspenseful, high-stakes narrative in language both rich and precise.
— Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife
Three Ways to Disappear is a story not just about saving the tigers, but ourselves.
— JoeAnn Hart, author of Addled and Float
Katy Yocom masterfully interweaves interpersonal and interspecies conflict. Shifting back and forth in time, and between Kentucky and India, she paints a moving picture of a family dealing with, or denying, tragic events in their past. In parallel, the complex environmental and class dilemmas surrounding attempts to preserve the endangered Bengal tiger are portrayed with unflinching honesty. Flirting, at points, with magical realism, but never actually departing from a thoroughly informed, solid grounding in reality, Ms. Yocom shows us a family, a species, and a culture in complex collision, all hovering on the bring of extinction.
— Nathan Montoya, co-proprietor of Village Lights Bookstore