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David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends To GoWelcome to the official site of David Joy. Joy is the author of the Edgar® nominated novel Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015), as well as the forthcoming novel The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017). He is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.





The Weight Of This World available now!

Hailed by the New York Times as a "bleakly beautiful" novel, The Weight Of This World returns to the mountains of North Carolina for Joy's sophomore effort, a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past. The Associated Press noted that,"Scenes unfold at a furious pace, yet contain such rich description that readers will do well to read slowly, savoring Joy’s prose...[These characters] are hopelessly conflicted, dripping with history and heartache, yet they cling to unique dreams about what life could look like if they carried a bit less weight.” To order a copy today click here.



Where All Light Tends To Go longlisted for 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Among 43 American titles, Where All Light Tends To Go was recently longlisted for the €100,000 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations came from libraries in 109 cities and 40 countries worldwide. The shortlist will be published on April 11, 2017 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on June 21. To read a press release on the award click here.

French edition of Where All Light Tends To Go available now

The French edition of Where All Light Tends to Go is available now from Sonatine Editions. Sonatine has a wonderful history, including the translations of writers like Gillian Flynn, Larry McMurty, Meg Wolitzer, and Harry Crews. Joy is extremely excited about having his work represented in the French market.





Joy joins Writer's Bone with essay on place

Joy recently joined the Writer's Bone team with an essay titled, "One Place misUnderstood." Coupled with images by Appalachian photographer Roger May, the essay examines the difficulty in defining Appalachia--even for Appalachians--and the danger of regionalization. To read the essay click here.

Where All Light Tends To Go named an Edgar® Award finalist for First Novel

Where All Light Tends To Go was named a finalist for the 2016 Edgar® Awards for Best First Novel. The Mystery Writers of America announced on January 19th, celebrating the 207th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. Along with four other debut novels, Joy's Where All Light Tends To Go was recognized for Best First Novel.

Order signed and personalized copies of Where All Light Tends To Go from Joy's local indie bookstore

If you would like to have a copy of Where All Light Tends To Go signed by the author, or even personalized to you, City Lights Bookstore is happy to help no matter where you are in the country. Simply order a copy online, just as you would through any other major online retailer, and then indicate that you would like a signed copy in the comments field of the order form. If you want the book personalized to you or someone you know, simply indicate how you would like the book to be signed in the comments field and Joy will be more than happy to do so. Order your copy from City Lights Bookstore today!