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EVENT: ASHLEIGH BELL PEDERSEN - The Crocodile Bride

Event graphic with an image of Ashleigh Bell Pedersen next to an image of the cover of her book The Crocodile Bride
Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
Ticketed
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Ashleigh Bell Pedersen in conversation with Stacey Swann.

Event Registration & Guidelines

  • Tickets are required to join this in-person event and are available exclusively through Eventbrite.
  • Refunds are available up to 7 days before the event. 
  • Our event space will be operating at a limited capacity until further notice. 
  • Our check-in station will be located at the front of the store. We will scan your ticket’s barcode upon arrival. 
  • You will receive your copy of the book at the check-in station on the day of the event. If you can’t make it we'll save your copy at the store for up to 6 days or we can arrange to mail it. Shipping charges apply. Only available for domestic shipping.
  • The event will take place on the second floor of our store. 
  • Doors will open at 6:30PM and the event will begin at 7:15PM.
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. 
  • We will have chairs available, but feel free to stand or move your chair around.
  • The store will be closed at the time of the event and registers will only be open for purchase of the event book. If you need to browse, we suggest you come within our operating hours (10am-7PM). 
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if Covid protocols require it. 
  • There won’t be a live stream or recording available. 
  • If you have any other questions please email us at online@bookpeople.com

About The Crocodile Bride

Set during the swampy summer in 1982, this stunning debut novel follows eleven-year-old Sunshine Turner and her troubled father Billy as the secrets of their family’s past swirl around them in the one-road town of Fingertip, Louisiana.

During a hot summer of June moods, grubworms, and dark storms, Sunshine discovers stones in her chest – and learns the dangers her coming-of-age will bring about in the yellow house she shares with her father. Without the vocabulary to comprehend Billy’s actions or her own changing body, Sunshine turns to an apocryphal story passed down from her grandmother: in the dark waters of the Black Bayou lives a crocodile with an insatiable appetite and a woman with a mysterious healing gift. As Sunshine’s summer unspools, she turns to the one person who will need no explanation of the family secrets she carries—the crocodile bride.

The Crocodile Bride is at once a heartbreakingly tender coming-of-age tale and a lyrical, haunting reflection on generational trauma. Reminiscent of Jesmyn Ward and Helen Oyeyemi, Ashleigh Bell Pedersen is a promising new voice in American fiction.

About Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

Ashleigh Bell Pedersen's fiction has been featured in New Stories from the South, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Design Observer, The Silent History, A Strange Object, and the New York Public Library's Library Simplified app. Her story "Small and Heavy World" was a finalist for both Best American Short Stories and a Pushcart Prize, and her story Crocodile won The Masters Review 2020 Flash Fiction Contest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the recipient of a teaching fellowship and Turow-Kinder Award. She currently resides in Austin, Texas.

About Stacey Swann

Stacey Swann is the author of Olympus, Texas. She holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a contributing editor of American Short Fiction. She is a native Texan.

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