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VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Katie M. Flynn in Conversation with Kara Vernor

Due to the State of Califorina Shelter-In-Place order regarding protective measures for COVID-19, this will be a virtual event hosted on Zoom. 

Join Napa Bookmine for a special virtual author hour with author Katie M. Flynn in conversation with Kara Vernor on Friday, May 29th at 6:00PM. The discussion will be focused on Katie's book The Companions

This is a VIRTUAL event and will take place on Zoom. You must RSVP to attend. RSVP to read@napabookmine.com to receive the meeting link and password.

This is a free event. If you are able, a donation of $5 is suggested to help us cover costs. To donate click here.

To help us offset costs, you can also purchase Katie's book in advance here.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service by the living.

In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in—and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the “companionship” program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people—a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will.

Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realizes she’s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her.

Lilac’s act of rebellion sets off a chain of events that sweeps from San Francisco to Siberia to the very tip of South America. While the novel traces Lilac’s journey through an exquisitely imagined Northern California, the story is told from eight different points of view—some human, some companion—that explore the complex shapes love, revenge, and loneliness take when the dead linger on.

 

“Beautifully atmospheric and emotionally intense, The Companions is an unnerving and engrossing story. The radiant, somber voice of this near-future speculative novel ratchets the suspense while also illuminating what makes us human and how we endure beyond death. This is a spellbinding novel that will linger with you.” —Kassandra Montag, author of After the Flood

"With deft narration and unforgettable characters, Katie M. Flynn weaves a tale of high-tech, dystopian reincarnation. Each detail is beautifully sketched and thrilling to discover, creating a near-future world of endless fascination. The Companions is a compelling, gripping, whip-smart piece of speculative fiction." —Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters

“This sweeping novel of near-future dystopia has an ensemble cast and covers continents and years of time, but it never loses its intimacy and immediacy. There’s a deeply moving humanity to each of these characters—even the ones who aren’t quite human. I loved this book so much I didn’t want it to end.” –Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

“If you wished the Black Mirror episode ‘Be Right Back’ had explored the greater ramifications of uploading the dead into artificial bodies, Katie M. Flynn has you covered. She has explored every facet of the idea from every perspective, and the result is gripping.” –Ariel S. Winter, author of The Twenty-Year Death and Barren Cove

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie M. Flynn is a writer, editor, and educator based in San Francisco. Her short fiction has appeared in Colorado ReviewIndiana ReviewThe Masters Review, and Tin House, among other publications. She has been awarded Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, a fellowship from the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and the Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Katie holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Geography from UCLA. The Companions is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter @Other_Katie or visit her website BurytheBird.com.

 

 

 

ABOUT KARA VERNOR

Kara Vernor’s fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review, The Normal School and elsewhere. She was the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation scholarship, and her writing has been included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions, The Best Small Fictions 2019, and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California. Her flash fiction chapbook, Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song, is available from Split Lip Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Friday, May 29, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual Event on Zoom
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The Companions Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982122157
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 3rd, 2020

The New York Times “Your Quarantine Reader”
Bustle’s “16 Novels About Viral Outbreaks To Make You Feel Less Alone”
The Hollywood Reporter’s “8 Pandemic-Themed Books to Read Amid Coronavirus”
Refinery29’s “Books That Hit A Little Too Close To Home During The Pand


Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song: Stories Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780990903574
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Split Lip Press - June 3rd, 2016

Published by Split/Lip Press, the characters in this collection of 21 short fictions by Kara Vernor hum with restlessness. They pine for lost loves and pop music romances, Hollywood heartthrobs, and sunnier towns. They flee from failed relationships and looming violence, adulthood and other deaths.