Kay Chronister and Matt Bell in Conversation!

Old Firehouse Books is thrilled to welcome World Fantasy Award-nominated author Kay Chronister to our virtual event space! She'll be joining us to celebrate her newest novel, Desert Creatures! She will be joined in conversation by Matt Bell (Appleseed) on Wednesday, November 9th at 6pmMT. The event will be streaming to the Old Firehouse Books Facebook page, and is free.

Nine-year-old Magdala and her father have been exiled from their home; they flee through the harsh landscape of the American West, searching for refuge. As violence pursues them, they join a handful of survivors on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Las Vegas, where it is said that vigilante saints reside, bright with neon power. Magdala, born with a clubfoot, is going to be healed. But when faced with the strange horrors of the Sonoran Desert, one by one the pilgrims fall victim to a hideous sickness—leaving Magdala to fend for herself.

After surviving for seven years on her own, Magdala is tired of waiting for her miracle. Magdala turns her gaze to Las Vegas once more, and this time, nothing will stop her. She recruits an exiled Vegas priest at gunpoint to serve as her guide, and the pair form a fragile alliance as they navigate the darkest and strangest reaches of the desert, on a journey that takes her further from salvation even as she nears the holy city.

With ferocious imagination and poetic precision, Desert Creatures is a story of endurance at the expense of redemption. What compromise does survival require of a woman—and can she ever unlearn the instincts that have kept her alive?

Combining the subversive inventiveness of Inland by Téa Obreht with the eco-surrealism of Jeff Vandermeer's Dead Astronauts and the themes of survival and morality in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, award-winning short fiction writer Kay Chronister transfigures genre and the myth of the West in this stylish and original debut novel.

Books can be shipped anywhere within the United States (unfortunately, we cannot ship internationally).

Please email events@oldfirehousebooks.com if you have any questions.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
232 Walnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Desert Creatures By Kay Chronister Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781645660521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Erewhon - November 8th, 2022

Appleseed: A Novel By Matt Bell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063040151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - July 5th, 2022