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AUTHOR EVENT: Kiese Laymon - "Long Division" & "How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others in America"
This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.
Long Division is a tragicomic exploration of race, adolescence, Southern history, authorship, and technology, told through the experiences of a 14-year-old Mississippi boy. Kiese Laymon’s debut novel is a Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi, written in a voice that’s alternately funny, lacerating, and wise.
"Laymon’s debut novel is an ambitious mix of contemporary southern gothic with Murakamiesque magical realism.... the book elegantly showcases Laymon’s command of voice and storytelling skill in a tale that is at once dreamlike and concrete, personal and political." —BooklistKiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1998 and earned an MFA from Indiana University in 2003. Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker.com and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and ESPN.com. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Vassar College. His collection of essays, How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, will be published by Agate Bolden in August 2013.