Author Works: Brandon Hobson & "The Removed" (Online)

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Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago—from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson

“Brandon Hobson has given us a haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family’s reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family’s way home is full—in equal measure—of melancholy and love. The Removed is spirited, droll, and as quietly devastating as rain lifting from earth to sky.”
Tommy Orange, author of There There

In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching—an occasion marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray’s death, and a rare moment in which they openly talk about his memory—The mother, Maria, attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more.

Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma—a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.

Brandon Hobson will be in conversation with Susan Thornton Hobby, HoCoPoLitSo. 

Preorder The Removed (February 2021) from Books with a Past. 


Brandon Hobson (Author) is the author of the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. His other books include Desolation of Avenues Untold and the novella Deep Ellum. His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, the Paris Review DailyConjunctionsNOON, and McSweeney’s, among other places. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.

Susan Thornton Hobby (Conversation partner) is a writer, editor, and literary consultant. For fifteen years, she has worked as a special projects coordinator for HoCoPoLitSo, the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, and has served on the society’s board for more than twenty years. She is a founding member of the Little Patuxent Review and interviews nationally known authors for that literary magazine. Susan is also a freelance writer and editor, and writes her own fiction and poetry.

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Sponsored by Friends and Foundation of Howard County Library System and presented with support from Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, Carroll County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Howard Community College, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, and Talbot County Free Library.