Live Stream with Cai Emmons and Special Guests


Tattered Cover is pleased to virtually welcome Cai Emmons on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm MT to discuss her book Sinking Islands. She will be joined by special guests Aimee Liu, Ellen Meeropol, Sands Hall, Elizabeth Harris, Debra Gwartney, and Miriam Gershow.

Sinking Islands continues the story of Bronwyn Artair, a scientist who possesses the power to influence the natural forces of the Earth. After several successful interventions, including one in Siberia, she has gone into hiding, worried about unintended consequences of her actions, as well as about the ethics of operating solo. But circumstances call her to action again, and an idea takes shape: What if she could impart her skill to other people? Gathering a few kindred souls from climate-troubled places around the world—Felipe from São Paulo, where drought conditions are creating strains on day-to-day life; Analu and his daughter Penina from a sinking island in the South Pacific; and Patty from the tornado-ridden plains of Kansas—she takes them to the wilds of Northern New Hampshire where she tries to teach them her skill. The novel, realistic but for the single fantastical element, explores how we might become more attuned to the Earth and act more collaboratively to solve the enormity of our climate problem.

About the Author

Cai Emmons is the author of five books of fiction: the novels His Mother’s Son (Harcourt), The Stylist (HarperCollins), Weather Woman (Red Hen Press), and the forthcoming Sinking Islands (Red Hen Press), as well Vanishing, a collection of short stories which won the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. His Mother’s Son won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel; Weather Woman was awarded a Nautilus Book Award and was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. Cai’s short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, Arts and Culture, LitHub, Ms. Magazine, and Electric Literature, among others. Before turning to fiction, Cai was a dramatist. Her early plays (Mergatroid and When Petulia Comes) were staged in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Genesis, and The American Place Theater. She studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where her thesis film, “A Man Around the House” won a Student Academy Award. In New York she wrote, directed, and edited independent and documentary films (aired on A&E and PBS); subsequently she moved to Los Angeles where she wrote feature-length screenplays (optioned but unproduced) and several produced teleplays, including episodes of the CBS drama, “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.”

In addition to a Summa Cum Laude bachelor’s degree from Yale University, Cai holds two MFAs, one in film from New York University, one in fiction from the University of Oregon. She has taught fiction, screenwriting, and filmmaking at various colleges and universities including UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of Oregon.


Cai Emmons, author of Sinking Islands, the sequel to her acclaimed novel, Weather Woman.

Master of Ceremonies 

Miriam Gershow is the author of THE LOCAL NEWS. Her stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Quarterly West, and Black Warrior Review among others. 

Panel Participants

Ellen Meeropol is the author of Her Sister’s Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, House Arrest, and The Lost Women of Azalea Court (forthcoming in 2022), as well as essays in Ms. Magazine, Lilith, Lit Hub, and Mom Egg Review. 

Aimee Liu is the author of four novels: Glorious Boy, Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face. Her nonfiction includes Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, and a memoir, Solitaire.  She frequently contributes to publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sands Hall is the author of Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology and  Catching Heaven. Her stories and essays have appeared in such journals as New England Review, Iowa Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books. 

Debra Gwartney is the author of two memoirs, Live Through This, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and, most recently, I Am a Stranger Here Myself, winner of the RiverTeeth Nonfiction Prize and the Willa Award. 

Elizabeth Logan Harris has published short fiction and nonfiction in Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Glimmer Train, Guernica, Longreads, New England Review, The Rupture, Sequestrum and elsewhere. 

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Event address: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:30am