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Sinking Bell

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Bojan Louis
An ex-con hired to fix up a school bus for a couple living off the grid in the desert finds himself in the middle of their tattered relationship. An electrician’s plan to take his young nephew on a hike in the mountains, as a break from the motel room where they live, goes awry thanks to an untrustworthy new coworker. A night custodian makes the mistake of revealing too much about his work at a medical research facility to a girl who shares his passion for death metal. A relapsing addict struggles to square his desire for a White woman he meets in a writing class with family expectations and traditions.
Set in and around Flagstaff, the stories in Sinking Bell depict violent collisions of love, cultures, and racism. In his gritty and searching fiction debut, Bojan Louis draws empathetic portraits of day laborers, metalheads, motel managers, aspiring writers and musicians, construction workers, people passing through with the hope of something better somewhere else. His characters strain to temper predatory or self-destructive impulses; they raise families, choose families, and abandon families; they endeavor to end cycles of abuse and remake themselves anew.

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Potent stories that offer a forceful vision of contemporary Navajo life, by an American Book Award winner

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Bojan  Louis
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Bojan Louis is Diné of the Naakai dine’é, born for the Áshííhí. He is the author of a book of poetry, Currents, which received an American Book Award. He has been a resident at MacDowell. He teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.
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Upcoming Events

HYBRID: BOJAN LOUIS (SINKING BELL), Ander Monson (PREADATOR), and Manuel Muñoz (THE CONSEQUENCES) reading and in conversation at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Univ Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson, AZview map
This event is free and open to the public. Event will also be streamed live on the University of Arizona website. Click here for more details.


  • “The narratives in Sinking Bell are driven by the same kinetic, visceral language that gave his American Book Award winning debut poetry collection, Currents, its raw lyricism.…Even when Diné culture is not the primary subject, its presence creates a complex, central interplay in these stories.”—Stuart Dybek
  • Sinking Bell doesn’t shy away from the dim corners of life. . . . You’re going to want to take your time with this one, and then you’re going to want to press it into the hands of all your best people.”—Kelli Jo Ford
  • "Bojan Louis’s debut in fiction never flinches or relents, so it makes for an indelible reading experience.”—Jamel Brinkley
  • “This book rules. . . . Like each of us, Bojan Louis’s characters are making their way either toward light or away from it. That it’s impossible to be totally sure which one is the real magic in these stories, and why they’ll stay with you long after reading.”—Ander Monson
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