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HONEYMOONS IN TEMPORARY LOCATIONS event at the Spare Room with Scout & Morgan Books, Ashley Shelby, and Sarah Stonich

August 20 @ 6:00 pm

Ashley Shelby will join Scout & Morgan books for a discussion of her new book, Honeymoons in Temporary Locations, in conversation with Sarah Stonich on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. at The Spare Room at Chucker’s Bowl in Rush City, Minnesota.

This is a ticketed event.


Climate disaster–induced fugue states, mutinous polar bears, support groups for recently displaced millionaires, men who hear trees, and women who lose their wives on environmental refugee resettlement trips. In these dispatches from a weirding world, the absurd and fantastic are increasingly indistinguishable from reality. Exploring this liminal moment, Ashley Shelby’s collection of climate fictions imagines a near future that is both unnervingly familiar and subversively strange.

“In Ashley Shelby’s brilliant, daring, and innovative collection Honeymoons in Temporary Locations, the reader is plunged into a world of climate change and feelings of loss that come with it. In Shelby’s imagination, trees walk, birds and polar bears talk, and all of them look to humans to answer the question, ‘Why?’ With stories told in a variety of forms from traditional pieces of short fiction to future restaurant menus to online advertisements, Shelby digs deep into the grief of a changing world and all who are affected by it.” —Alex DiFrancesco, author of All City

Honeymoons in Temporary Locations is a deeply felt, deeply imagined collection of dispatches from the weirdest extrapolatory fringes of the world we’ve made, the world we’ve allowed to happen. Ashley Shelby has kaleidoscopic vision—from climate disaster tourism brochures to refugee camps for the rich to talking bears, she has created a vivid, terrifying, and unexpected landscape. There is a profound grief that runs through these stories, grief over what is becoming of our natural world as a result of our very unnatural way of living, but also a sense of connection.” —Omar El Akkad, author of What Strange Paradise

“Writer Ashley Shelby’s storytelling is brisk, sharp-elbowed and deeply empathetic, even as she experiments with a host of forms, including the brochure text for a cruise to flooded cities.” —Scientific American

“Tongue-in-cheek, mournful, and inventive, Honeymoons in Temporary Locations is a bracing collection of cautionary tales regarding the too-probable near future.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review

The Spare Room at Chucker’s Bowl

1270 W. 3rd St.
Rush City, Minnesota 55069 United States
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(763) 689-2474