James Hormel Center, San Francisco Public Library @ San Francisco Public Library / Main / James Hormel LGBT Center
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reading from Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, together with award-winning author and New American Media editor Andrew Lam.  Q&A to follow.

Writers’ Workshop, Hindman Settlement School @ Hindman Settlement School
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm

The Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, which is Kentucky’s premier writers gathering, provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from or write about the region. This creative community comes to the Settlement to learn and teach the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers. Both published and unpublished writers are urged to attend.

Fenton Johnson and the Excellent Lydia Millet Together! @ Antigone Books
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm

Fenton reads from his new nonfiction collection Everywhere Home:  A Life in Essays, and Lydia reads from her forthcoming fiction Fight No More.  Each will  share stories from  their salacious pasts!  One night only!

Writing by Writers Workshop at Tomales Bay, California @ Marconi Conference Center
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm

The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers.  Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting.  2017 faculty include Garth Greenwell, Pam Houston, Fenton Johnson, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Cheryl Strayed and Luis Alberto Urrea. 

Dia de los Muertos: In Memory of Those Who Went Before @ U of Arizona LGBT Institute Deep Dish series
Nov 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Fenton shows excerpts of Academy-Award winning documentarian Lourdes Portillo’s film  La Ofrenda:  Days of the Dead, on which he was a story consultant.  La Ofrenda contrasts celebrations of el dia de los muertos in Portillo’s native Oaxaca  and in  San Francisco’s Mission District.  Attendees will be invited to share a memory of someone who made a difference in their lives  or in the LGBT movement.  Masks and memorabilia welcome.

In Conversation with Kim Edwards @ Carmichael's Books
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fenton Johnson reading and in conversation with NYT best-selling author and fellow Kentuckian Kim Edwards (The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter, The Lake of Dreams). 

With Kim Edwards and Jason Howard, Kentucky Book Fair @ Alltech Arena at Kentucky Horse Park
Nov 18 all-day

Star Berea College journalist and author Jason Howard interviews best-selling author Kim Edwards and  Fenton Johnson, in a conversation entitled “Writing Against the Wind:  Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Common / Wealth.”

All three authors will be at the Fair for much of the day.  The conversation is scheduled for 3-4 p.m.

Writing Home: In conversation with bell hooks, Tucson Festival of Books @ University of Arizona Campus Mall
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bestselling feminist author bell hooks and University of Arizona Professor Fenton Johnson, author most recently of Everywhere Home:  A Life in Essays, in conversation about writing of, from, and about home–in their case, their shared native roots in Kentucky, their wide-ranging travels, and their decisions to return (hooks) or wander (Johnson).

bell hooks institute @ Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Fenton speaks and reads from Everywhere Home:  A Life in Essays at the institute founded by noted Kentucky feminist, cultural critic, essayist, and memoirist bell hooks.

Fenton Opens Tucson / Pima Library LGBT Reading Series @ Joel Valdez Main Library
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fenton kicks off the Tucson/Pima County Library 2018 Stonewall Reading Series, in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.  He’ll be reading from and discussing his January 2018 Harper’s Magazine cover essay, “The Future of Queer: A Manifesto.”