Novel News


As a River has won the 2022 First Novel Prize!
Awarded by The Writer’s Center.

As a River has won the 2021 Crook’s Corner Book Prize!
The award honors the best debut novel set in the American South.


North Carolina Literary Review, February 12, 2021

“Dayson has put readers in touch with a brilliant perception into the human spirit”

The Rupture, March 30, 2020

“signals the arrival of a significant new voice in literary fiction. Shades of… Morrison’s lyricism, Baldwin’s social consciousness, and Adichie’s ear for dialogue”

The Museum of Americana, October 22, 2019

“A masterful debut…Read it for the questions it raises, the struggle it evokes, the connections it makes, and the compassion it incites.”

“Into the Depths: Sion Dayson’s As a River,” Independent Book Review, September 19, 2019

“expertly crafted plot, lyrical prose, and an ending that brings us to the depths of life and death”

“As a River – How Secrets Divide,” The Arts Fuse, September 15, 2019

“a heartfelt meditation on what divides us from each other and from love”

Foreword Reviews, Sept/Oct 2019

“insightful, observant, and poetic”

Small Press Picks, August 1, 2019

“reflective and lyrical”

After the Pause, July 2019


“Raging Currents and Still Water,” Quail Bell Magazine, April 2019

“a unique voice”


Real Fiction Radio, (audio interview), January 15, 2020

“The Power of the Unsaid,” The Adroit Journal, November 26, 2019

Interview in The Museum of Americana, October 22, 2019

“One Sentence at a Time,” The Millions, October 11, 2019

“On writing when everyone else is asleep,” PROCESS, October 8, 2019

“Pourquoi écrire la nuit quand tout le monde dort?” PROCESS, October 8, 2019 (French)

“On Unfinished Business & the Only Timeline That Matters,” Bloom, October 2, 2019

Interview with Janet Skeslien Charles, September 11, 2019

TBR [to be read], Work in Progress, September 9, 2019

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, September 5, 2019

Paris Writers News, September 4, 2019

Writer’s Bone (podcast), September 3, 2019

“The Flow of Fiction,” jmww journal, August 26, 2019


Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee in the Debut Fiction category

A Foreword INDIES Book Award Finalist (Multicultural)

“15 Small Press Books to Kick Off Your 2020 Reading Season,” Buzzfeed, January 13, 2020

Reviewers’ Favorite Small Press Books of 2019, Magnify, December 30, 2019

Chapter 1 Excerpt, Ravishly, December 16, 2019

“Why Families Keep Secrets: A Red Ink Conversation” (condensed transcript from live event
with Kristen Arnett, Angie Cruz, Briallen Hopper, Elisabet Velasquez, and Michele Filgate), Lit Hub

“19 Books That Should Be On Your Radar: September 2019,” Writer’s Bone

Open Book with Sion Dayson, The Berkshire Eagle, September 13, 2019

Reads for the Rest of Us: September 2019,” Ms. Magazine

As a River, featured review in Magnify, September 2019

“Catching Days” Introduction & “How We Spend Our Days”

**Exclusive Book Excerpt**, Cagibi Journal


October 15, 2020: Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Reading @ 6 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore (via Zoom)

September 12, 2019: Paris Launch @ 7 pm
The Red Wheelbarrow, 9 rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris, France

September 15, 2019: New York City Launch @ 5 pm
BLOOM Reading Series, The Lounge at Hudson Garden Views
with David Ebenbach & Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Pinehurst Ave @ 183rd St, New York, New York 11101

September 19, 2019: Stockbridge, MA @ 6 pm
Stockbridge Library, 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262

September 24, 2019: Philadelphia, PA @ 6:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co, 1632 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
with Andrew Nurkin, Deputy Director of Enrichment and Civic Engagement, Free Library of Philadelphia

September 26, 2019: Brooklyn, NY @ 7 pm
Red Ink Panel: Secrets
Curated by Michele Filgate; co-sponsored by Lit Hub; hosted by Books are Magic
with Kristen Arnett, Angie Cruz, Briallen Hopper, and Elisabet Velasquez