Eat More Books: Jaren Watson Interviews Novelist Braden Hepner

One of the joys of being co-publisher and editor at Torrey House Press is working with the West’s brilliant writers and thinkers, considering and discussing the disparate cultures, economics, histories, and landscapes that cohere in this distinct home place. Tonight, one of these writers, Braden Hepner, launches his deeply beautiful and sometimes disturbing debut novel, PALE HARVEST at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. If you’re in the vicinity and pay attention to literature and the West, Braden will give you much to ponder as he discusses his book. Please join us, and in the meantime, listen in on–and by that I mean read–this conversation between THP’s Braden Hepner and his writing colleague Jaren Watson.

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Critically hailed as “stunning” (Publisher’s Weekly, starred review), and “a deeply moving and intellectually profound novel. A bravura debut” (Kirkus, starred review), Braden Hepner’s debut novel, Pale Harvest, is available now in bookstores and at, as well as other online book retailers.  Hepner will be reading from Pale Harvest this upcoming Thursday (28 August) at The King’s English Bookshop. See Hepner’s Events for more reading dates.

Long before I had the privilege to count author Braden Hepner a colleague, even before I knew him as a gifted writer, I knew him as an unusually bright English major as we shared a senior-level course in ethical criticism. I didn’t know his name then, but I remember being impressed by the sophistication and insight present in his comments in class. Later that year, he and I, along with JD Fish…

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About kirstenallen

I am editorial director and publisher at Torrey House Press, a nonprofit literary press publishing fiction and creative nonfiction books that promote conservation through literature. I have a master’s in public health and previously worked at the Utah Department of Health in maternal and child health. In my previous lives, I taught piano, taught English composition at a computer science college, and raised two kids. Today, I live with my spouse, Mark Bailey, in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah. I blog about wild lands, medicine and pseudo-medicine, and books and publishing.

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