AUTHOR EVENT // Ethel Rohan - In the Event of Contact

Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual event.

Join Napa Bookmine on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:00PM PDT for virtual author hour with Irish author and San Francisco resident, Ethel Rohan, to discuss her forthcoming book In the Event of Contact. Ethel will be interviewed by Lori Narlock, founder of Napa Valley Book Fest. No purchase is necessary to attend, but if you are interested you can pre-order a copy of the book below. Release date: May 18, 2021.

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In the Event of Contact chronicles characters profoundly affected by physical connection, or its lack. Among them, a scrappy teen vies to be the next Sherlock Holmes; an immigrant daughter must defend her decision to remain childless; a guilt-ridden woman is haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend; a cantankerous crossing guard celebrates getting run over by a truck; an embattled priest with dementia determines to perform a heroic, redemptive act, if he can only remember how; and a young girl navigates crippling aversion to touch, even from her sisters.

Amidst backgrounds of trespass and absence, the indelible characters of In the Event of Contact seek renewed belief in themselves, recovery, and humanity.



Ethel Rohan is the author of In the Event of Contact, winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize (2021). Her debut novel The Weight of Him (St. Martin's Press and Atlantic Books, 2017) was an Amazon, Bustle, KOBO, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Reading Women Award. She is also the author of the story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has appeared widely, including The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, PEN America, The Irish Times, Tin House, and Guernica. Raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco.
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ISBN: 9781950539260
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Published: Dzanc Books - May 18th, 2021

In the Event of Contact chronicles characters profoundly affected by physical connection, or its lack.