Virtual Reading: TRASHLANDS by Alison Stine

In collaboration with the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living and the Disability Culture Activistm Lab (DCAL), join us for a virtual reading and conversation celebrating the release of Trashlands by Alison Stine. For this event, Stine will be in conversation with Julie Carrick Dalton


This event will be held on Zoom. It will be recorded and uploaded to Women & Children First's YouTube Channel for future viewings. Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided throughout the event.

A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.

In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a "plucker," pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She's stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club's violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.

Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.

When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?

Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent's journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.

ALISON STINE is the author of the novel Road Out of Winter. A 2020 The Rumpus Book Club selection, Road Out of Winter won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. Stine is also the author of three poetry collections and a novella. 

Recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Ohio Arts Council grant, a Sustainable Arts grant, and a reporting grant from National Geographic, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a Ruth Lilly Fellow from the Poetry Foundation, and received the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. Partially deaf, she works as a freelance reporter with The New York Times, and also writes for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, 100 Days in Appalachia, and more. After living in rural Ohio for many years, where she was raised and where her son was born, she now lives in Colorado with her family.

JULIE CARRICK DALTON grew up in Maryland and on a military base in Germany. As an adult, she bounced around from Seattle to Dallas to Virginia, before finding her true home in Boston, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Literature, and other publications. She contributes to The Chicago Review of Books, DeadDarlings, and The Writer Unboxed. A Tin House alum and graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Julie holds a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie is a passionate skier, hiker, and kayaker. She also owns and operates an organic farm. Please excuse her dirty fingernails.

Access Living is an independent living center for people with disabilities.  Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) is housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCAL is a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training. In partnership with Access Living’s Arts and Culture Project, DCAL provides teaching and hands-on learning guided by disability justice--a framework that examines disability in connection to other forms of oppressions and identities. Using a peer support and collective care model, disability community members and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Image Description: A teal banner with a leaf pattern background featuring a photo of Alison Stine, a person with long, wavy black hair, brown eyes, and light skin stands in front of a pine tree. The person is wearing a blue tank top. Shadows fall across their face. Beside this photograph is a the cover image of Trashlands, which features the back of a yellow schoolbus driving through a washed out road into an overcast sky that fades from purple to turquoise.
Event date: 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual via Zoom
Trashlands Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778311270
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Mira Books - October 26th, 2021