Let's celebrate the first day of American commerce for the debut novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster). There will be a brief reading, some Q&A, and lots of revelry.
About the book:
An electric, uproarious, and biting debut novel set during a prison riot, told in a high-comic pitch in the tradition of Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger.
"Supremely mischievous and sublimely written, this is a stellar work.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Joins Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room on the short list of truly remarkable American prison novels. Chapman’s debut is literally riotous: an improbably beguiling, utterly ribald provocation."
About the author:
Ryan Chapman has written online for the New Yorker, GQ, BOMB, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He lives in Kingston and hosts the literary trivia night Nerd Jeopardy.
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