Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Mitchell Jackson presents The Residue Years
Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the 1990s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel The Residue Years, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, through the story of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart. The novel has been highly praised by fellow authors including Jesmyn Ward, Maaza Mengiste, Amy Hempel, and Victor LaValle, who writes “It's so tough to write beautifully about ugly things but Mitchell S. Jackson makes it look easy… This is a memorable, powerful novel and Mitchell S. Jackson is a genuine talent.” Mitchell launches his book with a reading and discussion event at Greenlight.