Henry Hoke: Sticker – with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson and Diane Cluck

404 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902


  • Presented By: New Dominion Bookshop
  • Dates: January 14, 2022
  • Location: New Dominion Bookshop
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Join us for an evening with Henry Hoke, who will read from his new book, Sticker. A Q&A with author Jocelyn Nicole Johnson will follow. The evening will also feature live music from musician Diane Cluck. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: Stickers adorn our first memories, dot our notebooks and our walls, are stuck annoyingly on fruit, and accompany us into adulthood to announce our beliefs from car bumpers. They hold surprising power in their ability to define and provoke, and hold a strange steadfast presence in our age of fading physical media. In this memoir in twenty stickers, Henry Hoke employs a constellation of stickers to explore queer boyhood, parental disability, and ancestral violence.

Henry Hoke is the author of The Book of Endless Sleepovers, the story collection Genevieves, and the novel The Groundhog Forever. His work appears in The Offing, Triangle House, Electric Literature, Hobart, and the Catapult anthology Tiny Crimes. He directs the performance series Enter>text, and has taught at CalArts and the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop.

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson is the author of the critically acclaimed book My Monticello. A fellow of Tin House, Hedgebrook, and VCCA, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson has published her writing in Guernica, The Guardian, Kweli Journal, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, edited by Roxane Gay, and was read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Diane Cluck is a singer-songwriter who leans on classical piano training in her approach to guitar, dance as an inspiration for rediscovering piano, and voice as a rhythm instrument and paintbrush. Florence Welch, Laura Marling, and Sharon Van Etten have all cited Diane’s music as an early influence on their own. About her work, Time Out New York wrote, “Bell-clear and hotly austere, her lithe, dynamic voice hasn’t much kin.”