An Evening with Novelists Steven Rowley and Katya Apekina

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor. His work has been published in nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.



Lily and the Octopus (2017)

Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer…. Reading this heart-wrenching but ultimately breathtaking novel was a very profound experience….

As Lily might say, ‘YOU! MUST! READ! THIS! BOOK!’”
The Washington Post

“Startlingly imaginative…‘Lily and the Octopus’ is a love story sure to assert its place in the canine lit pack…Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. And grab a tissue: THERE! WILL! BE! EYE! RAIN!”

“A whimsical, touching tale”

“Sensitive, hilarious, and emotionally rewarding…. The intimacy of pet ownership is sweetly suffused throughout this heartwarming autobiographical fiction… In generous helpings of bittersweet humanity, Rowley has written an immensely poignant and touchingly relatable tale

that readers (particularly animal lovers) will love.”
Publishers Weekly

Katya Apekina’s debut novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish (Two Dollar Radio, 2018) came out this fall. Her short stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, Santa Monica Review, and elsewhere, and have appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her nonfiction has appeared in the LA Review of Books and on the radio. She translated poetry and prose for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She also works as a screenwriter. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter.

*2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

*Longlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
*A Best Book of 2018
—Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed News, Entropy, LitReactor, LitHub, The Book Table
*35 Over 35 Award 2018
*One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Fall Vulture, Harper’s BAZAAR, BuzzFeed News, Publishers Weekly, The Millions, Bustle, Fast Company

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is brilliantly structured, with multiple characters narrating the events of the novel. It’s an unusual technique that Apekina uses to stunning effect, creating a kind of narrative tension that propels the novel forward… The structure, characters and storyline are all refreshingly original, and the writing is nothing short of gorgeous. It’s a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn’t afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places.”—NPR

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