Morgan Thomas and Taylor Brorby Discuss Their New Books













Join authors Morgan Thomas and Taylor Brorby as they discuss their new books Manywhere and Boys and Oil at an in-person event on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 6:30 pm.

We want to celebrate Morgan Thomas and Taylor Brorby on their new books, Manywhere and Boys and Oil with an in-person author event at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 20. 2022. You will have an opportunity to meet the authors, listen to them speak, and purchase the books.



Morgan Thomas's Manywhere features lush and uncompromising stories about characters crossing geographical borders and gender binaries.

The nine stories in Morgan Thomas’s shimmering debut collection witness Southern queer and genderqueer characters determined to find themselves reflected in the annals of history, whatever the cost. As Thomas’s subjects trace deceit and violence through Southern tall tales and their own pasts, their journeys reveal the porous boundaries of body, land, and history, and the sometimes ruthless awakenings of self-discovery.

A trans woman finds her independence with the purchase of a pregnancy bump; a young Virginian flees their relationship, choosing instead to immerse themself in the life of an intersex person from Colonial-era Jamestown. A writer tries to evade the murky and violent legacy of an ancestor who supposedly disappeared into a midwifery bag, and in the uncanny title story, a young trans person brings home a replacement daughter for their elderly father.

Winding between reinvention and remembrance, transition and transcendence, these origin stories resound across centuries. With warm, meticulous emotional intelligence, Morgan Thomas uncovers how the stories we borrow to understand ourselves in turn shape the people we become. Ushering in a new form of queer mythmaking, Manywhere introduces a storyteller of uncommon range and talent.

"Very queer, very well-written, and very goddamn good."—Kristen Arnett

"Wonderful stories. Impressive range. Delightfully, compellingly queer."—Roxane Gay

“Sparkling, imaginative, and inventive.”—Karen Thompson Walker

"The vision of a singular and exciting artist."—Torrey Peters.


Morgan Thomas is a writer from the Gulf Coast. Their work has appeared in The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They’ve received support from the Bread Loaf Work-Study Program and the Fulbright Foundation. They are currently a Southern Studies Fellow in Spartanburg, South Carolina.



From a young, gay environmentalist, a searing coming-of-age memoir set against the arid landscape of rural North Dakota, where homosexuality “seems akin to a ticking bomb.”

“I am a child of the American West, a landscape so rich and wide that my culture trembles with terror before its power.” So begins Taylor Brorby’s Boys and Oil, a haunting, bracingly honest memoir about growing up gay amidst the harshness of rural North Dakota, “a place where there is no safety in a ravaged landscape of mining and fracking.”

In visceral prose, Brorby recounts his upbringing in the coalfields; his adolescent infatuation with books; and how he felt intrinsically different from other boys. Now an environmentalist, Brorby uses the destruction of large swathes of the West as a metaphor for the terror he experienced as a youth. From an assault outside a bar in an oil boom town to a furtive romance, and from his awakening as an activist to his arrest at the Dakota Access Pipeline, Boys and Oil provides a startling portrait of an America that persists despite well-intentioned legal protections.


Taylor Brorby is the author of Boys and Oil: Growing up gay in a fractured landCrude: PoemsComing Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and co-editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Book Critics Circle, the MacDowell Colony, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Taylor’s work has appeared in The Huffington PostOrion MagazineThe Arkansas InternationalSouthern Humanities ReviewNorth Dakota Quarterly, and has appeared in numerous anthologies. He is a contributing editor at North American Review and serves on the editorial boards of and Hub City Press.

Taylor regularly speaks around the country on issues related to extractive economies, queerness, disability, and climate change. He is the Annie Tanner Clark Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.







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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Manywhere: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374602482
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - January 25th, 2022

Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324090861
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Published: Liveright - June 7th, 2022