Robin McLean with Dion Graham, Pity the Beast

Join us for the launch of Pity the Beast by Robin McLean, live on YouTube, Wednesday, November 3 at 4pm PST! Robin lives and teaches in the high plains desert of central Nevada at Ike's Canyon Ranch Writer's Retreat which she co-founded. She worked as a lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was twice a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize.


Joining Robin in conversation will be Dion Graham of HBO's The Wire, and audiobook narrator for Pity the Beast. Graham also narrates The First 48 on A&E. An award–winning and critically acclaimed actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.



Pity the Beast will be published November 2, 2o21 from And Other Stories. Her second story collection is forthcoming from And Other Stories too. Following in the footsteps of such chroniclers of American absurdity as Cormac McCarthy, Joy Williams, and Charles Portis, Pity the Beast is a mind-melting feminist Western that pins a tale of sexual violence and vengeance to a canvas stretching back to prehistory, sideways into legend, and off into a lonesome future.


Praise for Pity the Beast:

'Not since Faulkner have I read American prose so bristling with life and particularity.' —J M Coetzee

An Indie Next Pick for November 2021 

A Most-Anticipated-Book of Fall 2021 at The Millions

'A category-defying novel of revenge, survival, and transcendence . . . Raw and elemental, searing yet wry, [Pity the Beast] has much to say on law and lawlessness, sexual politics, and humans' animal nature.' —Publishers Weekly

'McLean's novel is equal parts absurd and bleak, a startling story about survival, violence, and the thin divisions between animal and human, perfect for fans of dark, gritty Westerns.' —Booklist

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509