June 23, 2019, Washington, D.C.: American Library Association annual conference, details TBA

May 12, 2019, Minneapolis: Moderating Wordplay Festival panel “Location! Location! Location!” with Kristen Arnett and Sarah Stonich, 12:45-1:45 pm, Western Bank Stage

April 30, 2019, New Orleans: 1718 Reading Series at the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave, 7 pm

April 22, 2019, Flagstaff, AZ: Narrow Chimney Reading Series, Uptown Pub, 7 pm

March 29, 2019, Portland: A VISION: reading hosted by Michelle Tea, with Porochista Khakpour, Jericho Brown, Ariel Gore, Sarah Schulman, Nicole Georges, and more! At Psychic Sister, 1829 NE Alberta St, 7 pm, $25 pre-sale, sliding scale at door, NTWFLAF

March 27-30, 2019, Portland: Two panels at the AWP Conference: "How to Design a Novel Workshop" (with Susan Choi, James Hannaham, Matthew Salesses, and Leni Zumas), Saturday 1:30-2:45; and "We're Here and We're Queer: LGBTQ Women Tell Their Stories" (with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Imogen Binnie, SJ Sindu, and Patricia Smith), Thursday, 9:00-10:15

March 19, 2019, everywhere: Stray City comes out in paperback! Preorder now at your local indie bookseller, Powell’s, IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HarperCollins.


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. Here's a post-reading interview with WeHoTV

March 25, 2018, Richmond VA: Reading and launch party hosted by Chop Suey Books at Babes of Carytown, 2:00-5:00 pm

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

April 5, 2018, San Marcos: 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 21, 2018, Los Angeles: Panel on Coming of Age at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 11:00 am, with Jenny ZhangJonathan Evison, and Mark Haskell Smith

April 26, 2018, Minneapolis: Reading at Moon Palace Books, 7 pm

April 28, 2018, Park Rapids, MN: Reading and signing at hometown heroes Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, 1-3 pm

May 3, 2018, Brooklyn: One Story reading at Greenlight Bookstore with Cheston Knapp and Kendra Fortmeyer, hosted by Hannah Tinti and sponsored by the Authors Guild (there will be wine!)

May 4, 2018, Brooklyn: One Story Debutante Ball at Roulette, 7:30-10:30 pm, tickets go on sale March 1. With fellow honorees Cheston Knapp and Kendra Fortmeyer, plus mentor of the year Alexander Chee

May 5, 2018, Brooklyn: Reading at the new McNally Jackson outpost in Williamsburg with Andrea Lawlor, 7 pm

September 16, 2018, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Book Festival panel "Modern American Family," with Rumaan Alam and Luis Alberto Urrea, moderated by Steph Opitz, 2 pm

October 6, 2018, Flagstaff: Reading and conversation with K Thompson at Bright Side Bookshop, 6 pm

October 13, 2018, Boston: The Boston Book Festival in Copley Square, “Hilarity and Heartache” with Andrew Martin, Stephen McCauley, and moderator Jessica Keener, Emmanual Parish Hall, 11 am

October 28, 2018, Austin: The Texas Book Festival, “What is Love?” with Adrian Todd Zuniga, 11 am


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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)


• In Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes feature, an annotated playlist of songs that appear in the novel or tap into its time and feelings
• On Claudia Rankine and David Treuer for Nylon’s feature 12 Authors On the Books That Best Represent America
• The Year in Reading, for The Millions
• Writers Recommend: have a dog, at Poets & Writers
• On queer scenes in writing and life, at OUT Magazine
• On Breyer horses and longing for the real at Hilobrow, part of the Fossils series
• On Team Dresch's Personal Best at Hilobrow, part of their Wowee/Zowee series about albums of the '90s
• On writing about home, for Powell's Books. 

• In Autostraddle, “Stray City is a Love Story about Friendship, Portland, and Chelsey Johnson’s Queer Community,” and a companion article of “Eight Books to Read if You Loved the Queer Community of Stray City”
Los Angeles Review of Books interview with Stephanie Burt
LGBTQ&A podcast with Jeffrey Masters
• The Book Talk podcast goes in-depth (first half interview, second half readers discuss)
• On Nicole Georges' podcast Sagittarian Matters 
• In the Los Angeles Times with Carrie Brownstein
• Shondaland with Jami Attenberg
• "Reading With..." on Shelf Awareness
• A long conversation with Bustle
• At Tin House with Leni Zumas
• In conversation with Michelle Tea for them 
Lambda Literary with Carter Sickels
• Into with Trish Bendix
• With Caroline Leavitt
• An in-depth Facebook Live video with Harper Academic

• The American Library Association names Stray City one of the eight titles on their 2019 Reading List, taking top honors in the category Women’s Fiction (aka Women’s Lives and Relationships.) Librarians! The best!
• Autostraddle includes Stray City in their 50 Best LGBT Books of 2018
Real Simple names Stray City as one of their favorite books of 2018
• For Publishers Weekly, Michelle Tea includes Stray City in “Ten Essential Books about Contemporary Queer Life in America”
• "A richly satisfying read, with so many lines worthy of underlining," says the Minneapolis Star Tribune
• "Stray City Deals With Queer Reality, Not Queer Theory": a beautiful personal essay in Electric Literature by Emma Eisenberg
• The New York Times Book Review! "...Another of the novel’s delights — how clearly Johnson delineates the psychosexual dualities and prejudices of our culture, how effortlessly she instructs even as she entertains."
Shelf Awareness says "Johnson writes with an energy and emotional intelligence that is at once unapologetic in its honesty and yet tender in its delivery of it. Stray City is a love letter to community, to a nostalgia-inducing era of Portland history, and to anyone who has ever gone looking for one's self and found it in an unlikely place."
• Stray City is officially OUT! LitHub and BuzzFeed have both run excerpts. Reviews at Bookpage and Signature Reads. A Powell's Pick of the Month, a Read It Forward's Favorite Reads of the Month, and a Gertie Book Club quarterly book box selection.
Stray City has been chosen by independent booksellers as an Indie Next pick for April 2018.
O Magazine lists Stray City among "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" in their April 2018 issue
Harper's Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, and LitHub all feature Stray City on their March must-read lists.
• The Washington Blade calls Stray City "the queer anti-'Gilmore Girls' you didn't know you needed."
• A Goodreads' Best Books of the Month for March 2018! 
• Library Journal puts Stray City on its Spring/Summer Best Debuts list and PopSugar lists it among Best New Books for March
• 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."
• 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."
• 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)