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One Author, One Kirkwood

One Author, One Kirkwood is a yearly community read for the people throughout our St. Louis community. All events are free and open to the public.

October 12, 2023 at 7PM

Kirkwood Performing Arts Center
210 E Monroe Ave
Kirkwood, MO

Registration is free, but tickets are required to attend.

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Funding for the One Author series of programs is provided by the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation.

Morgan Talty

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. Named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30,” Talty’s work has appeared in The Georgia ReviewShenandoahTriQuarterlyNarrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine.
(Bio courtesy of Tin House)

Night of the Living Rez (2022)

Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.

In twelve striking, luminescent stories, author Morgan Talty-with searing humor, abiding compassion, and deep insight-breathes life into tales of family and a community as they struggle with a painful past and an uncertain future. A boy unearths a jar that holds an old curse, whichsets into motion his family’s unraveling; a man, while trying to swindle some pot from a dealer, discovers a friend passed out in the woods, his hair frozen into the snow; a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s projects the past onto her grandson; and two friends, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, attempt to rob the tribal museum for valuable root clubs. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an Indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.


  • Remarkable. . . . An electric, captivating voice. . . . Talty has assured himself a spot in the canon of great Native American literature. —The New York Times
  • Hypnotizing. . . . friendship and family, beautifully tinted with both sadness and humor. —TIME
  • A perfect mix of funny, sad, timely, and intense, this one has something for everyone. —The Boston Globe
  • A blazing new talent. —Oprah Daily
  • Astounding. . . . Talty is an important new writer to watch. —Esquire
  • Unearths grace amid strife. . . . Talty, with his ear for natural, almost musical dialogue, compels you to keep listening. —Vulture
  • These stories took me in the same way Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son did when I first read it. The comparison here is meant in every way to praise Talty as a writer, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one who says so, partially because of his emotional precision, his stark, unflinching, droll, intoxicating style, and also because of a certain drug/addiction element at play here. But as I got deeper into the work, into the book, and came to understand these lives and this community, the further away it felt from my initial comparison with Johnson, and the more familiar it felt—our Native communities being bound by countless common threads, strengths and afflictions both—and only then did I understand the distinct brilliance of Talty’s voice as its own, and ours. I knew and felt for these people. Wanted to and knew I couldn’t help them, even as they did me. There is so much brutal, raw, and beautiful power in these stories. I kept wanting to read and know more about these peoples’ lives, how they ended up where they ended up, how they would get out, how they wouldn’t. It is difficult to be so honest, and funny, and sad, at once, in any kind of work. Reading this book, I literally laughed and cried. —Tommy Orange, author of There There
  • Morgan Talty’s Night of the Living Rez is a beautifully crafted, raw and intimate book about youth, friendship, and family on the reservation. These stories are profoundly moving and essential, rendered with precision and intimacy. Talty is a powerful new voice in Native American fiction. —Brandon Hobson, National Book Award finalist and author of The Removed
  • Woven together with the care and intimacy of a family heirloom. —Chicago Reivew of Books
  • If you only read one short story collection this year, make it Night of the Living Rez. —Book Riot
  • There is so much beauty in these stories. . . . they build on themselves the way a life builds: messily, unpredictably, with love and heartache and never quite in the way you expect. —BookPage
  • Ingenious. . . . Unforgettable. —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • Talty is adept at unearthing his characters’ emotions. . . . these stories reveal the hardships facing a young Native American in contemporary America. —Kirkus, Starred Review

Other Books by Morgan Talty:

The Best American Short Stories 2021 (Fiction, 2021) Edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Best American Short Stories 2020 (Fiction, 2020) Edited by Curtis Sittenfeld

We also have a book club kit available for checkout to your book club!

An image with brown leaves on the background. The text at the top says, "One Author, One Kirkwood with Morgan Talty. Reading & Listening List."  There are image of book covers for Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah, Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo Anstine, Cahokia Mounds by William Isseminger, Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers, Sisters of the Lost Nations by Nick Medina, The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote, Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley, Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel. Next to the last books it says in blue print, "On the KPL Podcast." And then has a picture of Nick Medina in a black shirt with his arms folded. He also wears gray pants and is on a blue background. He has dark hair. In white print across his legs it says, "Nick Medina." Next to that photo is a photo of Andrea L Rogers. She wears a black long sleeve shirt and has sunglesses on and one braid on either side of her face. She has red lipstick and is not smiling against a tree background. In white print across her chest it reads "Andrea L. Rogers." And then next to her photo is Daniel Vandever. He holds up his two children's books on a background of a mural that says "Protect Mount Taylor" with an image of an indigenous child on it. Daniel wears a gray shirt and a multicolored scarf and is smiling.

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