March 20, 2018, Portland: Book launch at Powell's City of Books, in conversation with Nicole Georges, 7:30 pm

March 21, 2018, Seattle: Reading at Third Place Books (Seward Park), 7:00 pm

March 22, 2018, Los Angeles: Reading + conversation with Carrie Brownstein hosted by Book Soup at the West Hollywood Library, 7:00 pm. Tickets (which include the book itself) here

March 25, 2018, Richmond VA: Reading hosted by Chop Suey Books at Babes of Carytown, 4:00 pm

March 26, 2018, Brooklyn: Reading + conversation with Rumaan Alam at Books Are Magic, 7:30 pm

April 5, 2018, San Marcos, CA: Reading at California State University San Marcos for the Community & World Literary Series, Markstein Hall 125, 7 pm

April 14, 2018, San Francisco: Writers with Drinks, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, at The Make Out Room, 6:30 pm

April 18, 2018: Book Talk podcast on WNHH (New Haven), also available on iTunes

April 26, 2018, Minneapolis: Reading at Moon Palace Books

May 3, 2018, Brooklyn: One Story reading at Greenlight Bookstore

May 4, 2018, Brooklyn: One Story Debutante Ball at Roulette, 7:30-10:30 pm, tickets go on sale March 1



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October 20, 2017: Author reception, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, San Francisco

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October 10, 2017: "7 Coming Up" panel, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Portland

February 24, 2017: Shaping Bodies symposium at VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, VA. With Cassils, Jenni Sorkin, and Kara Thompson. (Facebook event link)


Stray City has been chosen by independent booksellers as an Indie Next pick for April 2018. (3.9.18)

O Magazine lists Stray City among "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" in their April 2018 issue. (3.7.18)

Harper's Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, and LitHub all feature Stray City on their March must-read lists. (3.1.18)

• We made Goodreads' Best Books of the Month! (3.1.18)

• New short essay about Team Dresch's Personal Best at Hilbrow, part of their Wowee/Zowee series about albums of the '90s.  (2.28.18)

• Library Journal puts Stray City on its Spring/Summer Best Debuts list and PopSugar lists it among Best New Books for March. (2.27.18)

• In the March issue of Marie Claire, Samantha Irby writes, "This novel has everything: the circa-'99 lesbian indie-rock scene! Zines! Answering machines! . . . Our 90s nostalgia is hella high these days, and this tender, funny story made our aging hipster hearts sing." (2.12.18)

• Starred review in the Feb. 1 Booklist! One excerpt: "Spanning several eras, up to Andy’s present day, this is a coming-out and coming-of-age story; a surprise-I’m pregnant story; a will- they-or-won’t-they love story; and an ode to a time and place we think we’ve heard everything about—and it’s all utterly fresh. Portraying Portland and Andy’s chosen family with feeling and immense charm, Johnson paints Andy’s love—for her kid, her city, herself, and others—in all its thorny nuance and surprising glory." (1.18.18)

• Delighted to make the estimable The Millions Most Anticipated list! (1.08.18) 

• Stray City scores a strong review in Publisher's Weekly ("smart and delightful debut") and lands on more 2018 lists, this time in Autostraddle and the Chicago Reader. (1.06.18)

• More lists! Previews now in Publishers Weekly, the Huffington Post, Bitch, and Nylon, which said, "Radically funny and truly insightful, Johnson's debut a brilliant emotional roller coaster of a book, exploring what it means to create and sustain a family, and the difficulties of loving people—including yourself."  (12.29.17)

• This elegy for a lost notebook is now up on Hilobrow. It's part of their Lost Objects series, which asks, Why do some objects keep coming to mind, long after they’ve vanished from our lives? (12.2.17)

• Stray City is included on BookRiot's list of 101 Books Coming Out in 2018 That You Should Mark Down Now (11.27.17)