Author David Joy to speak at Pembroke Magazine release event

David Joy

Best-selling author David Joy will join Pembroke Magazine to celebrate the release of its 51st issue at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Weinstein Health Sciences Building, Room 117.

The first 51 guests will receive a complimentary copy of the issue. The event is free. No registration required. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Joy, a North Carolina native, will read from his work and sign books, which will be available for purchase. He is the author of three novels, Where All Light Tends to Go, The Weight of this World and The Line that Held Us. His work also includes memoir, Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.

The Weight of this World won the 2018 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working-Class Studies Association (WSCA).

Judges from the WSCA called the novel “a raw look at the lives people live when left with very little kindness or opportunity, and few options. A powerful, pointed narrative that’s hard to read, but harder to turn away from.”

The release party is sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center, College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Provost and Academic Affairs, and the Department of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages.

Published at UNCP, Pembroke Magazine has been printed annually since its founding in 1969. It has grown from a student publication of 48 pages to a book-length publication international in scope, featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and visual art from the state and nationwide.

For more information regarding the event, contact Michele Fazio at 910.775.4371 or Peter Grimes at 910.521.6433.