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Sticker (Bloomsbury Academic)

I will never forget this book. - T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

Funny, nostalgic, and weird in the best possible way. - Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, author of My Monticello

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Stickers adorn our first memories, dot our notebooks and our walls, are stuck annoyingly on fruit, and accompany us into adulthood to announce our beliefs from car bumpers. They hold surprising power in their ability to define and provoke, and hold a strange steadfast presence in our age of fading physical media. Henry Hoke employs a constellation of stickers to explore queer boyhood, parental disability, and ancestral violence.

A memoir in 20 stickers, Sticker is set against the backdrop of the encroaching neo-fascist presence in Hoke's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, which results in the fatal terrorist attack of August 12th and its national aftermath.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Henry Hoke is the author of five books of fiction, memoir, and poetry, including The Groundhog Forever and the story collection Genevieves, which won the Subito prose prize. Open Throat, a novel, is forthcoming in 2023 from MCD/FSG and Picador. He edits humor at The Offing, and lives in New York City.

Kate Durbin is an artist and writer from Los Angeles, California. Her books include Hoarders (Wave Books), E! EntertainmentThe Ravenous Audience, and ABRA.  ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text," which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. The project was partly funded by an NEA grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Her novella Kim's Fairytale Wedding was translated to Spanish and published in Mexico/Spain. In 2015, and again in 2020, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sticker (Object Lessons) By Henry Hoke, Christopher Schaberg (Editor), Ian Bogost (Editor) Cover Image
By Henry Hoke, Christopher Schaberg (Editor), Ian Bogost (Editor)
ISBN: 9781501367229
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - January 13th, 2022

The Groundhog Forever By Henry Hoke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732982055
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Published: Wtaw Press - April 27th, 2021

Genevieves By Henry Hoke Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990661283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Subito Press - May 1st, 2017

The Book of Endless Sleepovers By Henry Hoke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937865771
Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - October 31st, 2016

Hoarders By Kate Durbin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950268139
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Published: Wave Books - May 4th, 2021

The Ravenous Audience (Black Goat) By Kate Durbin, Chris Abani (Editor) Cover Image
By Kate Durbin, Chris Abani (Editor)
ISBN: 9781933354880
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Published: Akashic Books - October 1st, 2009