David Joy

(C) Alan Rhew

Dirty South | Saturday, May 16, 9:30 - 10:20, Lexington Meeting Room A
The Importance of Place | Saturday, May 16, 2:10 - 3:00, Richland Meeting Room C
Genre(s) Fiction

David Joy is the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher. He lives in North Carolina.

Book Title: Where All Light Tends To Go

At once haunting and poetic, David Joy’s debut novel Where All Light Tends To Go chronicles the dark journey of a teenage boy struggling to escape an everyday cycle of crime and violence. Set in a rural mountain community in North Carolina, the story follows high school dropout Jacob McNeely as he negotiates the uncompromising world of brutality bequeathed to him by his meth lord father, while always dreaming of a way out.