Jo Paquette at Harvard Book Store


Stories I Told My Dead Lover

in conversation with SOFIA T. ROMERO


June 13, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes JO PAQUETTE— a senior literary agent and Massachusetts Book Award-nominated author who has published over a dozen books—for a discussion of her new book Stories I Told My Dead Lover. She will be joined in conversation by SOFIA T. ROMERO—Pushcart Prize-nominated author of We Have Always Been Who We Are.

About Stories I Told My Dead Lover

Perfect for fans of Carmen Maria Machado and Kelly Link, Jo Paquette’s Stories I Told My Dead Lover contains eight searing tales of psychological horror that probe the darkest and most deeply buried parts of the human psyche.

A child is forced to grow up too soon. A woman trusts her doctor too much. An abandoned woman isn’t as alone as she thinks. An idyllic holiday masks an unspeakable act of violence. Driven, desperate, fighting for the power to choose their own fate, Paquette’s characters dare to push back at the walls that hold them in. Come watch them burn.

Praise for Stories I Told My Dead Lover

"Paquette was born to write horror. These subtle, varied stories are sometimes creepy, sometimes hilarious, but always unexpected, and the sharp writing took my breath away. I could not stop reading.” —Nancy Werlin, Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling novelist

“Combine Joe Hill’s sense of the macabre with Karen Russel’s dark whimsy, and you get Stories I Told My Dead Lover by Jo Paquette. These stories lodge in the imagination like splinters, and must be examined and returned to, time and again.” —Erin Dionne, acclaimed author of Bad Choices Make Good Stories

“Paquette’s stories are eerie and enigmatic, at times darkly funny, and always unpredictable. This is a strong collection of unsettling tales.” —Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of Tracy Flick Can’t Win and The Leftovers

“A quick yet haunting read, this suspenseful collection will hit the right note for fans of horror.” —Booklist

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Jo Paquette
Jo Paquette

Jo Paquette

Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of eighteen books for young readers, including the novel The Train of Lost Things (Philomel, 2018), which was a 2019 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award nominee, a 2020 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nominee, and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture (optioned by Mattel). Her writing has received recognition from Junior Library Guild, reviewed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been translated into seven languages. In her non-writing life, Joan is a Senior Literary Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, where she represents a list of New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators.

Sofia T. Romero
Sofia T. Romero

Sofia T. Romero

Sofia T. Romero is the author of We Have Always Been Who We Are. She is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and has published work in Necessary Fiction, Blue Mountain Review, Rigorous, and Waterwheel Review. She lives in the Boston area, where she works as an editor. Visit her website at

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