At Skylight: Daniel Gumbiner presents FIRE IN THE CANYON w/ Rachel Khong

Join us for a new novel from National Book Award nominee Daniel Gumbiner about a California grape-grower, his family, and the climate disaster that upends their quiet lives.

Since his release from prison after serving an eighteen-month sentence for growing cannabis, Ben Hecht’s life has settled into a familiar routine. On his farm in the foothills of California, he stays busy cultivating a dozen acres of grapes and tending to a flock of mistrustful sheep. Meanwhile, from her desk in their old redwood barn, his novelist wife, Ada, continues to work on what may be her most important book yet. When their only son, Yoel, comes home from Los Angeles for a rare visit, Ben is forced to confront their long troubled relationship, which has continued to degrade in recent years. But before the two of them can truly address their past, a wildfire sweeps through the region, forcing the Hecht family to flee to the coast, and setting into motion a chain of events that will transform them all. 

This is a story about grape growing and wine, financial and familial struggles, and the peculiar characters and unlikely heroes one will always find in small-town California. Through the experiences of the Hechts and the escalating challenges that face their community, Fire in the Canyon is an intimate look at the lives of those already living through the climate crisis.

Daniel Gumbiner’s first book, The Boatbuilder, was nominated for the National Book Award and a finalist for the California Book Awards. He is the Editor of The Believer and a 2022–23 Hermitage Fellow. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Rachel Khong is the author of the novels Goodbye, Vitamin, and Real Americans, forthcoming from Knopf in spring 2024.

Event date: 
Monday, October 23, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Fire in the Canyon: A Novel By Daniel Gumbiner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662602429
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Astra House - October 3rd, 2023

The Boatbuilder By Daniel Gumbiner Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781944211554
Published: McSweeney's - July 10th, 2018

The Believer Issue 143: Fall 2023 By Daniel Gumbiner (Editor), Vendela Vida, Heidi Julavits Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952119774
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Published: McSweeney's - October 5th, 2023

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250182555
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Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018