In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present Mitchell S. Jackson at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the culminating event of the 13th annual community reading project on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Everybody Reads 2015 selection is Mitchell S. Jackson’s The Residue Years. Having received praise from publications such as The New York Times, The Times of London and O, The Oprah Magazine, his novel was short-listed for The Center For Fiction’s 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and a nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent. Born in Oregon, Jackson recounts growing up in a neglected Portland neighborhood in this commanding autobiographical novel. The Residue Years touches on important issues from our city’s past that have continued to affect the present climate. With an MA in Writing from Portland State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, Mitchell has received fellowships from the Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches writing at New York University and is the literary editor of Dossier Journal. Celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community. Through a shared reading experience we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other, and promote greater understanding. Learn more about the Everybody Reads program at Multnomah County Library.