THE BOBCAT on the Center for Fiction's 2019 First Novel Prize Longlist


"Many novels feature wild animals as central metaphors, but not many novels achieve the congruity of The Bobcat....While the novel does deal with what it means to suffer from PTSD, its tendency towards recovery, towards the natural world’s processes, makes it different from other fiction about survivors. It’s a slight volume, but a rich read."

THE BOBCAT picked for Ms. Magazine's Reads for the Rest of Us

"I want to amplify amazing works by writers who are women, womxn, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, APIA, international, LGBIA+, TGNC, queer, disabled, fat, immigrant, Muslim, neurodivergent, sex-positive or of other historically marginalized identities—you know, the rest of us; and I want to challenge and encourage you all to buy, borrow, and read them!"

THE BOBCAT's an Indie Pick

Lori Hettler is the founder and moderator of The Next Best Book Club, one of the most popular groups on Goodreads.

THE BOBCAT made the Richland Library's Must Read List



THE BOBCAT in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

"Melville had his whale, Faulkner his bear, and Forbes-Riley’s debut novel has at its symbolic center a bobcat. And not just any feline predator. Her cat limps, having been shot in the leg by a hunter. Belly distended, she is about to give birth. In this tightly crafted magical realism novel, she is pregnant, not just with kittens, but with meaning."

THE BOBCAT in The Brattleboro Reformer

     “Riley is newly arrived, but shows every sign she will join Vermont's outstanding contemporary authors.,582438#top-carousel

THE BOBCAT on Seven Days VT

     "Riley's prose sparkles and cracks with its own kind of power. Like a visit to the den of the titular bobcat, her novel makes us feel like we've witnessed something private, untamed and perhaps a little sacred."


THE BOBCAT Launch Party: 7pm, June 5, 2019

Norwich Bookstore

Please come and celebrate at the Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT, 802-649-1114. Please RSVP for seats:

THE BOBCAT at BigTown Art Gallery: July 28, 2019


Please join THE BOBCAT at the BigTown Art Gallery's Summer Reading Series, Rochester, VT.

THE BOBCAT at Belmont Books: July 31, 2019


Please join THE BOBCAT in Boston! 

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THE BOBCAT at Shakespeare and Co.: August 8, 2019


Please join THE BOBCAT in NYC!

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THE BOBCAT at Howe Library: January 11, 2020


THE BOBCAT loves libaries: 

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THE BOBCAT Paperback Launch at Still North Bar and Books: June 2019


Come have a beer with The Bobcat at my favorite Indie!