Left Bank Books welcomes National Book Award winning author Jason Mott, who will discuss the 2021 National Book Award winning & national bestseller, Hell of a Book, in person at
Left Bank Books welcomes National Book Award winning author Jason Mott, who will discuss the 2021 National Book Award winning & national bestseller, Hell of a Book, in person at the High Low Performing Arts Space and virtually on Wednesday, June 29th at 7pm Central.
Doors for the in person event will open at 6pm.
Jason Mott will be in conversation with TBA.
Join us in person or virtually.
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**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
Jason Mott has published four novels. His first novel, The Returned, was a New York Times bestseller and was turned into a TV series that ran for two seasons. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals, and his most recent novel, Hell of a Book, was named the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, 2021.
***2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER***
***THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER***
Winner of the 2021 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize Finalist, 2022 Chautauqua Prize Finalist, Willie Morris Award for Southern Writing Shortlist, and the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist
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One of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction One of Philadelphia Inquirer’s Best Books of 2021 One of Shelf Awareness’s Top Ten Fiction Titles of the Year One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books One of NPR.org’s Books We Love EW’s Guide to the Biggest and Buzziest Books of 2021 One of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Adults San Diego Union Tribune–My Favorite Things from 2021 Writer’s Bone’s Best Books of 2021 Atlanta Journal Constitution–Top 10 Southern Books of the Year One of the Guardian’s (UK) Best Ten 21st Century Comic Novels One of Entertainment Weekly’s 15 Books You Need to Read This June On Entertainment Weekly’s Must List One of the New York Post’s Best Summer Reading books One of GMA’s 27 Books for June One of USA Today’s 5 Books Not to Miss One of Fortune’s 21 Most Anticipated Books Coming Out in the Second Half of 2021 One of The Root’s PageTurners: It’s Getting Hot in Here One of Real Simple’s Best New Books to Read in 2021
An astounding work of fiction from New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott, always deeply honest, at times electrically funny, that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole
In Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: Mott’s novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour.
As these characters’ stories build and converge, they astonish. For while this heartbreaking and magical book entertains and is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money, it’s also about the nation’s reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news. And with what it can mean to be Black in America.
Who has been killed? Who is The Kid? Will the author finish his book tour, and what kind of world will he leave behind? Unforgettably told, with characters who burn into your mind and an electrifying plot ideal for book club discussion, Hell of a Book is the novel Mott has been writing in his head for the last ten years. And in its final twists, it truly becomes its title.
“It is a story of love and family. It is powerful…poignant and beautiful and what makes me so excited is I cannot wait to be part of these conversations…It’s a story of race, family, love, and justice. It’s original and Jason Mott is a talent.” –Jenna Bush Hager, “Read with Jenna”
“Hell of a Book more than lives up to its title. Playful, searching, raw, and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me.”– Charles Yu, author of the National Book Award winner Interior Chinatown
“What a powerful, timely, and provocative novel. Jason’s ability to take on deeply important themes with both poignancy and humor makes for an extraordinary emotional rollercoaster of a read, and I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since. Thank you, Jason Mott, for sharing this story with the world.”– Abi Daré, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl with the Louding Voice
“Mott’s unflinching meditation on racism, violence, and navigating life as a Black man in America is a surreal and searing triumph.” –Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)
“Hell of a Book is a masterwork of balance, as Mott navigates the two narratives and their delicate tonal distinctions. A surrealist feast of imagination that’s brimming with very real horrors, frustrations, and sorrows, it can break your heart and make you laugh out loud at the same time, often on the same page. This is an achievement of American fiction that rises to meet this particular moment with charm, wisdom, and truth.” –BookPage (starred review)
“Stunning…Mott’s poetic, cinematic novel tackles what it means to live in a country where Black people perpetually ‘live lives under the hanging sword of fear.'” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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