Bojan Louis’s Sinking Bell: Stories

Winner of an American Book Award for his poetry collection Currents, Bojan Louis is making his fiction debut with Sinking Bell: Stories. Published by Graywolf Press, Sinking Bell: Stories is a collection that centers on collisions of love, cultures, and racism. All of Louis’s stories take place in or near Flagstaff, Arizona, and they include stunning portrayals of all kinds of people—from metalheads to construction works—struggling to live their complicated lives.

Louis’s prose carries his poetic sensibility with a decided rhythm and resonant detail, and the narrators achingly convey their outsider status. The result is immersive and powerful.

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Bojan Louis is Diné of the Naakai dine’é, born for the Áshííhí. His debut novel Currents received an American Book Award in 2018. His work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona. To learn more about him, visit his website.

Sinking Bell doesn’t shy away from the dim corners of life. . . . You’re going to want to take your time with this one, and then you’re going to want to press it into the hands of all your best people.

Kelli Jo Ford, author of crooked hallelujah

To purchase Sinking Bell: Stories, go here.

An interview with Bojan Louis—”Auditory Hallucinations”—appeared in Issue 20 of Superstition Review.

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3 thoughts on “Bojan Louis’s Sinking Bell: Stories

  • October 1, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I am excited about the diversity in stories told from this collection per the line, “…they include stunning portrayals of all kinds of people—from metalheads to construction works….” I’m interested to find out what kind of people Louis has met considering he teaches at U of A (Tucson), the collection features stories from Flagstaff, and he has been published in the Alaska Quarterly Review!

  • October 2, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    That is so exciting that these stories take place near Flagstaff! Some of my dad’s family lives around there so I’ve been quite a bit around the holidays. It’s such a beautiful location! Congratulations, Bojan Louis, on this amazing debut fiction collection!

    • October 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      It’s always great when stories are set in places readers know. I think it really adds to how we personally connect to the characters and plot.

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