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Queer Appalachian Parents, Sex Work, and the End of the World

September 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join rural authors Alison Stine, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, and Becca Spence Dobias to discuss their new books, Trashlands and On Home.

Trashlands is a strip club at the edge of an apocalyptic junkyard where a mother works to earn enough to rescue her son.

In On Home, three generations of Appalachian mothers, including one who works as a cam girl, struggle with the weight of the past and the small town they call home.

What can rural America—past, present, and near-future, teach us about queerness and the volatile world we find ourselves in today? Stine and Spence Dobias will ask each other these questions and more.


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Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $5.

All are welcome to join, with or without a donation.


Purchase Becca Spence Dobias’s On Home (paperback, $18.99) from the Bureau’s online store to have the book shipped to you or to pick up in the physical store.


Pre-order Alison Stine’s Trashlands (hardcover, $27.99) from the Bureau’s online store to have the book shipped to you or to pick up in the physical store–please note the release date is October 26, 2021.


Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


Alison Stine grew up in rural Ohio and now lives in Colorado. Her first novel Road Out of Winter won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. A disabled writer, she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Geographic, and writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, 100 Days in Appalachia, and elsewhere. Her next novel Trashlands publishes from MIRA (HarperCollins) in October 2021.


Becca Spence Dobias grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. She is the Project Manager for Writing Bloc and a co-host of its podcast, The Indie Writer Podcast. On Home is her first novel.


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