Melissa Chadburn Book Signing


Saturday, April 30th, 2:30 PM
Wrightwood Arts Center (above the Village Grind)


Wrightwood resident Melissa Chadburn will be selling and signing copies of her new book, A Tiny Upward Shove, at the Wrightwood Arts Center next weekend.

Chadburn’s debut novel has been receiving rave reviews and praise even from the likes of singer/songwriter Sia. Anita Felicelli of Alta called it “extraordinary, propulsive” and “unputdownable,” explaining:

“A Tiny Upward Shove is powerful not so much because of the harrowing intensity of its trauma but because of its dagger-sharp voice and Chadburn’s startling talent for calling up base notes of death and decay within not only vibrant sentences but also longer narrative arcs.”

The novel tells the story of Marina Salles, who wakes up dead as an aswang of Filipino mythology, able to enter the hearts and minds of those she has known—even her killer.

Melissa Chadburn has done extensive reporting on the child welfare system and appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. She is a Ph.D. candidate at USC’s Creative Writing Program, and has lived in Wrightwood for several years. Find more information on her website and meet her at the Wrightwood Arts Center on Saturday, April 30th!

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