Cleveland Public Library (CPL) welcomes Mitchell S. Jackson, author of the award-winning novel The Residue Years, as part of their Writers & Readers Series of Hope on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.
“The goal of the Writers & Readers Series of Hope has been to bring an inspirational yet relatable group of authors to our patrons,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “Mitchell S. Jackson’s work connects his own experiences to a story that his readers connect with in an authentic manner.”
Jackson grew up in a neglected area in Portland, Oregon which he often refers to as the whitest city in America. Growing up in an area of little opportunity Jackson struggled, and when he was a young man was arrested on drug and gun related charges. After a 16-month prison sentence, where Jackson began his writing career, Jackson went on to receive an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and later earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University.
The Residue Years was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and was nominated, and won several other awards. The novel was also named an Honor Book by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Jackson says his story is about family relationships, but it’s also a story about a place and its people, a way to ensure that their stories and their experiences, good and bad, aren’t diminished or forgotten.
Jackson currently serves as a faculty member at New York University teaching writing and has also authored another book, Oversoul: Stories and Essays.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase from A Cultural Exchange, and a book signing will follow the program. For more information, visit cpl.org.