Get Lit! with Jamaal May and Emily Ruskovich

Publisher's Weekly writes Jamaal May's book THE BIG BOOK OF EXIT STRATEGIES, "...follows his brilliant debut, HUM, with poems that are at once an extended ode to his hometown, Detroit, and a resounding protest against the many violent and oppressive ills that plague America, including gun violence and racism." 

Jamaal May is a 2014-16 Kenyon Review Fellow, 2015 Civitella Ranieir Fellow, NAACP Image Award nominee, Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, and author of HUM, one of The Boston Globe’s best poetry books of 2013, winner of the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and winner the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books. Jamaal May's book THE BIG BOOK OF EXIT STRATEGIES was released in the spring of 2016.

“The first thing you should know about IDAHO, the shatteringly original debut by O. Henry Prize winner Emily Ruskovich, is that it upturns everything you think you know about story. . . . You could read IDAHO just for the sheer beauty of the prose, the expert way Ruskovich makes everything strange and yet absolutely familiar.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho. She graduated from the University of Montana and received an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the 2011–2012 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She was a 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her story “Owl.”

Event date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
The Bing Crosby Theater
901 W. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
The Big Book of Exit Strategies Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938584244
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Published: Alice James Books - April 12th, 2016

Praise for Jamaal May:

"Linguistically acrobatic and] beautifully crafted. . . . Jamaal May's] poems, exquisitely balanced by a sharp intelligence mixed with earnestness, makes his debut a marvel.""Publishers Weekly"


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781938584022
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Published: Alice James Books - January 17th, 2014

In May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994049
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Published: Random House - January 3rd, 2017

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss--from O. Henry Prize-winning author Emily Ruskovich