P&P Live! Melissa Chadburn — A Tiny Upward Shove - with Martha Anne Toll

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Monday, April 11, 2022 - 8:00pm

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A Tiny Upward Shove is inspired by Melissa Chadburn's Filipino heritage and its folklore, as it traces the too-short life of a young, cast-off woman transformed by death into an agent of justice—or mercy.

Melissa Chadburn’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, The Best American Food Writing, and many other publications. Her extensive reporting on the child welfare system appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Melissa is a worker lover and through her own labor and literary citizenship strives to upend economic violence. Her mother taught her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife and she's basically been doing that ever since. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and lives in greater Los Angeles.

Melissa will be in conversation with Martha Anne Toll, who writes fiction, essays, and book reviews, and reads anything that’s not nailed down. Her debut novel, Three Muses, won the Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction and is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing on September 20, 2022. Toll brings a long career in social justice to her work covering BIPOC and women writers. She is a book reviewer and author interviewer at NPR Books, the Washington Post, Pointe Magazine, The Millions, and elsewhere. She also publishes short fiction and essays in a wide variety of outlets.


P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
A Tiny Upward Shove: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374277758
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 12th, 2022

Three Muses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646032563
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - September 20th, 2022

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