Shannon C.F. Rogers, I'd Rather Burn than Bloom

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 6:00pm

We are excited to welcome Shannon C.F. Rogers in conversation with Amanda Machon to celebrate Shannon's debut novel, I'd Rather Burn than Bloom.

"Rogers crafts a fast-paced narrative through Marisol's powerful and poignant voice. Insights into family dynamics, changing friendships, and biracial identity make for realistically messy and enjoyable character growth that one can't help but empathize with." — Publishers Weekly (starred)

"In her smart, poignant and tear-jerking debut, Rogers expertly navigates the light and the dark, ensuring a delicate balance of laughter and tears from her readers. An aching and urgent book about love, loss and finding one's place in the world." — Aditi Khorana, author of Mirror in the Sky

Some girls call their mother their best friend. Marisol Martin? She could never relate. She and her mom were forever locked in an argument with no beginning and no end. Clothes, church, boys, no matter the topic, Marisol always felt like there was an unbridgeable gap between them that they were perpetually shouting across, one that she longed to close.

But when her mother dies suddenly, Marisol is left with no one to fight against, haunted by all the things that she both said and didn't say. Her dad seems completely lost, and worse, baffled by Marisol's attempts to connect with her mother's memory through her Filipino culture. Her brother Bernie is retreating further and further into himself. And when Marisol sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend - and then punches said best friend in the face - she's left alone, with nothing but a burning anger, and nowhere for it to go.
And Marisol is determined to stay angry, after all, there's a lot to be angry about- her father, her mother, the world. But as a new friendship begins to develop with someone who just might understand, Marisol reluctantly starts to open up to her, and to the possibility there's something else on the other side of that anger- something more to who she is, and who she could be.

​​Shannon C.F. Rogers is a multiracial American writer of Filipinx and European descent. Her work has appeared in Bodega Magazine, Newfound Journal, and on stage with Tricklock Company, Lady Luck Productions, and the UNM Words Afire Festival of New Plays. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in Writing For Young People at Antioch University Los Angeles. She has served as an educator, after-school program director, and lost mitten finder at schools in Albuquerque, Chicago, and NYC, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. I’D RATHER BURN THAN BLOOM is her first novel.

Albuquerque local, Amanda Machon is a performer whose talents span the realms of Music, TV, Theater and Dance. She is an actress, burlesque performer, singer songwriter and is best known for her role as the lead singer/front woman of the rock band Red Light Cameras. 


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4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom By Shannon C. F. Rogers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250845665
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 11th, 2023