MATT RUFF with PAUL CONSTANT
Co-presented with the SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS. Seattle novelist Matt Ruff, author of such reader and critical favorites as Fool on the Hill, Set This House in Order, and Sewer, Gas & Electric, hits it home in his newest novel, Lovecraft Country (Harper). “This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American family’s brush with supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century. The novel’s episodic events involve the extended family of Chicagoan Atticus Turner, who are lineal descendants of slaves once owned by the ancestors of New Englander Caleb Braithwhite…Ruff has an impressive grasp of classic horror themes, but the most unsettling aspects of the novel are the everyday experiences of bigotry that intensify the Turners’ encounters with the supernatural. Readers will appreciate the irony of how the Turners’ conditioning in enduring racial bias empowers them to master more macabre challenges.” - Publishers Weekly. “Lovecraft Country takes the unlikeliest of premises and spins it into a funny, fast, exciting, and affecting read.” - Neal Stephenson. Joining Matt Ruff in conversation will be Paul Constant of The Seattle Review of Books (www.seattlereviewofbooks.com). This should be good.