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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! Entertainment, The 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.
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