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VIRTUAL EVENT: Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday - "Debut Fiction: The Big(Publication) Day and Beyond"

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:30pm
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The Atmospherians: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982158309
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - May 18th, 2021

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Olympus, Texas: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

Revival Season: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982133306
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 25th, 2021

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.


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’s debut novel Olympus, Texas—published in 2021 by Doubleday, W&N (UK), and Bompiani (Italy)—was a Good Morning America Book Club pick, an Indie Next selection, and 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 stories have appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a contributing editor of American Short Fiction.

Born 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.

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Thank you for supporting Alex McElroy, Stacey Swann, Monica West, WLT, and your local independent bookstore!