In-Store: Amy Rowland: Inside the Wolf w/ Lee Conell

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In-Store: Amy Rowland: Inside the Wolf w/ Lee Conell

"This novel is hard to put down and stays with you long after the last page is turned." —Silas House, author of Lark Ascending

By Books Are Magic

When and where

Date and time

Monday, July 17 · 7 - 8pm EDT


Books Are Magic Montague 122 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Refund Policy

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About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Event guidelines:

  • All attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Tickets are limited to restrict capacity at our store, and each ticket will include either a copy of the featured book or a $10 Books Are Magic gift card.
  • Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A signing will follow the talk.
  • Home address is collected for contact tracing purposes; it will not be used otherwise.
  • The event will also be livestreamed for free here:
  • As a reminder: If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the event, even if you have a ticket; email us and we'll work it out.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or to request accessibility accommodations, please contact

A haunting, "exquisitely written" novel that explores the true costs of tradition, gun ownership, masculinity, and Southern mythmaking through the lens of an accidental shooting that reverberates across generations (Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest).​

Rachel Ruskin never intended to return to her family’s tobacco farm in Shiloh, North Carolina. But when her academic career studying Southern folklore in New York City flames out, she has no choice. Back in her hometown in the wake of family loss, she is alone, haunted by memories, by ghosts, and by Shiloh’s buried history of racism and violence.

When another child is accidentally shot and killed, however, Rachel can no longer avoid confronting her own past wrongs; nor can she continue to hold herself apart from her community. How can the people of Shiloh reconcile their love of hunting and their belief in tradition with the loss of more children? How can she find a way back to those she grew up loving? Drawn into the rhythms of Shiloh and in search of a place to be-long, Rachel must question everything she grew up believing and at the same time find a way to accept those around her.

Haunting, fierce, and urgently topical, Inside the Wolf is a page-turning and redemptive novel about masculinity, guns, violence—and the American past.

Amy Rowland is the author of two novels. The Transcriptionist received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Norman Mailer Center, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York Times, the Southern Review, the Iowa ReviewLiterary HubNew Letters, and other publications. A former editor at the New York Times Book Review, she is currently a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Princeton University and the School of the New York Times.

Lee Conell is the author of the novel The Party Upstairs (Penguin Press), which was awarded the Wallant Award, and the story collection Subcortical (Johns Hopkins), which received The Story Prize Spotlight Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award. She’s the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Creative Artist Program, Yaddo, Millay Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her stories and essays, which appear in journals such as ZYZZYVA, Oxford American, Kenyon Review, and Paris Review daily, have received the Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, and have been shortlisted in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

About the organizer

Organized by
Books Are Magic

Books Are Magic opened on May 1, 2017, in Cobble Hill. Founded and owned by NYT Bestselling author Emma Straub and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub. We now have two locations: 225 Smith Street in Cobble Hill and 122 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights!