IN-PERSON: Joanna Pearson NOW YOU KNOW IT ALL, with JP Gritton and Michael McFee

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm (limited capacity- click here to order your book & reserve your seat)

This will be in-person with limited seating. Flyleaf will offer seating for up to twenty-five in-person guests, with priority access given to folks who purchase the book. If you preorder a copy through Flyleaf, please use your order comments to indicate whether you would like 1-2 seats held for you at the in-person event. We will contact you to confirm the reservation prior to the event.

Now You Know It All

Winner of the 2021 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Edward P. Jones


Poised on the precipice of mystery and longing, each character in Now You Know It All also hovers on the brink of discovery—and decision. Set in small-town North Carolina, or featuring eager Southerners venturing afar, these stories capture the crucial moment of irrevocable change. A young waitress accepts an offer from a beguiling stranger; a troubled boy attempts to unleash the villain from an internet hoax on his party guests; a smitten student finds more than she bargained for in her favorite teacher’s attic; two adult sisters reconvene to uncover a family secret hidden in plain sight. With a sharp eye for rendering inner life, Joanna Pearson has a knack for creating both compassion and a looming sense of threat. Her stories peel back the layers of the narratives we tell ourselves in an attempt to understand the world, revealing that the ghosts haunting us are often the very shadows that we cast.

Joanna Pearson is a lapsed poet who once wrote a young adult novel on a whim but nowadays mostly writes short fiction. Her first collection of stories, Every Human Love, was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Awards, the Foreword Indies Awards, and the Janet Heidinger Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net, as well as other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A native of western North Carolina, she now lives with her husband and two daughters near Chapel Hill, where she works as a psychiatrist.


JP Gritton’s novel Wyoming, a Kirkus best debut of 2019, is out with Tin House. His awards include a Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellowship, the Meringoff prize in fiction, and the Donald Barthelme prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor of creative writing in the department of English at Duke University.


Michael McFee is the author or editor of sixteen books, most recently We Were Once Here: Poems (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017) and Appointed Rounds: Essays (Mercer University Press, 2018). In November 2018, he received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor. He teaches poetry writing at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Event date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Now You Know It All (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822946991
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 5th, 2021

Every Human Love: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946724182
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Published: Acre Books - May 15th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781947793446
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Published: Tin House Books - November 19th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780887484469
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Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - April 7th, 2006