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Tue, Dec 12


Plenty Downtown Bookshop

AUTHOR EVENT: Monic Ductan

Celebrating the release of this beautiful new short story collection, "Daughters of Muscadine"

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AUTHOR EVENT: Monic Ductan
AUTHOR EVENT: Monic Ductan

Time & Location

Dec 12, 2023, 5:00 PM – Dec 13, 2023, 6:00 PM

Plenty Downtown Bookshop, 48 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

About the event

Monic is a very special person to us- she is a professor at Tennessee Tech, and has so kindly offered her time to lead most of our writers workshops since the very beginning of PLENTY. As one of the kindest people we've met, we are excited to celebrate with her the release of a beautiful new short story collection, Daughters of Muscadine.   Please join us in celebrating her at our author meet-and-greet at 5pm, followed by a brief reading from a selection of her work at 5:30.

ABOUT THE BOOK Two events tie together the nine stories in Monic Ductan's gorgeous debut: the 1920s lynching of Ida Pearl Crawley and the 1980s drowning of a high school basketball player, Lucy Boudreaux. Both forever shape the people and the place of Muscadine, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia.

The daughters of Muscadine are Black southern women who are, at times, outcasts due to their race and are also estranged from those they love. A remorseful woman tries to connect with the child she gave up for adoption; another, immersed in loneliness, attempts to connect with a violent felon. Two sisters love each other deeply even when they cannot understand one another. A little girl witnessing her father's slow death realizes her own power and lack thereof. A single woman weathers the excitement—and rigors—of online dating.

Covering the last one hundred years, these are stories of people whose voices have been suppressed and erased for too long: Black women, rural women, Appalachian women, and working-class women. Ductan presents the extraordinary nature of everyday lives in the tradition of Alice Walker, Deesha Philyaw, James McBride, and Dorothy Allison in an engaging, engrossing, and exciting new voice.


Monic Ductan teaches literature and creative writing at Tennessee Tech University. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Oxford American, Good River Review, Southeast Review, Shenandoah, Appalachian Heritage, and South Carolina Review. Her essay "Fantasy Worlds" was listed as notable in The Best American Essays 2019.

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