Jocelyn Nicole Johnson Book Launch: My Monticello

112 W Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


  • Presented By: New Dominion Bookshop
  • Dates: October 8, 2021
  • Location: The Haven
  • Time: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Join us as we celebrate the release of Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s debut novel, My Monticello. This in-person event will be cosponsored by WriterHouse and will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for best seating.

About the Book: My Monticello is a fiction debut of five stories and a novella, all set in Virginia. Each story explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. The eponymous novella that concludes the collection follows a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors as they flee violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the group seeks refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravelling within the nation.

About the Author: A fellow of Tin House, Hedgebrook and VCCA, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson has published her writing in Guernica, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, guest edited by Roxane Gay, who called it “one hell of a story,” 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.