Anne Valente book signing and presentation

Colgate Bookstore

The Desert Sky Before Us is a marvel – a vital, profound story of the aftermath of loss and of the terrors and illuminations of love.” —R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, for a reading and book signing of The Desert Sky Before Us with Anne Valente.

From award-winning author Anne Valente comes this poignant and unforgettable literary novel of two estranged sisters—one, a former racecar driver and the other a recently-released prisoner—who embark on a road trip together to complete the scavenger hunt their mother designed for them before her death.

Valente’s debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, released from William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2016 was selected as a Midwest Connection Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The Desert Sky Before Us is forthcoming from William Morrow in May 2019. Her short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize (2014). She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics.

Valente holds an master of fine arts in fiction from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from St. Louis, she lives in Hamilton, where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.

Visit to pre-order your copy of the The Desert Sky Before Us or call 315.228.7480 for more information.

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