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June 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast invites the public to a free talk and book signing by
acclaimed writer Morgan Talty on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event celebrates Talty’s
new novel Fire Exit, and will be held at The First Church of Belfast, which is located across the
street from the bookshop. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Joining Talty in conversation will be fellow
Maine writer, Gregory Brown, author of the novel The Lowering Days.

Fire Exit, which releases on June 4, has already garnered widespread acclaim: The Washington
Post, Chicago Review of Books, The Rumpus, and Book Riot list it as a Most Anticipated Book of
2024. Other accolades include Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Spring Literary Fiction,
a Time Book to Read this Summer, a June 2024 Indie Next Pick, a June 2024 Library Reads
Bonus Pick, a June 2024 Powell’s Pick, a Harper’s Bazaar Best Book of 2024, a Portland Press
Herald Best Book of the Summer, and a Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of Summer. And
Tommy Orange writes that Fire Exit is “utterly consuming. With Talty's subtle charm and
crystalline prose. . . . Fire Exit absolutely smolders.”

Fire Exit tells the story of Charles Lamosway who, from the porch of his home, has watched the
life he might have had unfold across the river on Maine's Penobscot Reservation. It is a
“wrenching story of dislocation and regret, sweetened with touches of humor. . . .[and] raises
important questions about human connection and belonging.” (Booklist, starred review).

Talty’s collection of short stories, Night of the Living Rez (2022), won numerous major awards,
and his work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment
for the Arts. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty is an Assistant Professor of English in
Creative Writing and Native American and contemporary Literature at the University of Maine,
Orono, and is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing as well as the Institute of
American Indian Arts. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review.

Gregory Brown is the author of The Lowering Days (2021), which the Boston Globe hailed as
"Graceful and compassionate . . . a flashlight into the heart of a small Maine community perched
on the precipice of the Penobscot River, its future and its past." His work has appeared in Tin
House, Narrative Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, LitHub, and The
Rumpus. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a past winner of the Narrative 30Below
Prize, Brown’s work has been supported by the Bread Loaf writers’ Conference, the Napa Valley
Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and MacDowell. He grew up along
Penobscot Bay and lives on unceded Wabanaki territory in Maine.

Reservations for this event, which are strongly recommended, can be made by calling the
bookshop (207.338.9009) or emailing:


June 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Left Bank Books
(207) 338-9009
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First Church in Belfast
8 Court St
Belfast, Maine 04915
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