Finding Yourself in Fiction: Self-Discovery and Re-Discovery

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), Lindsay Lerman (I’m From Nowhere), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels about the trials and triumphs of self-discovery, including the first blush of adulthood as well as the re-discovery that comes after loss. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[A] pointedly affecting debut novel… With deft writing and rat-a-tat, laugh-until-you-gasp-at-the-implications dialog, Bump delivers a singular sense of growing up black that will resonate with readers.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A beautiful treatise on grief and everything that comes after—the uncertain friendships, the numbness, the regret, and, eventually, the newer, different life. For everyone that’s ever grappled with an ending, only to discover something new and beautiful about themselves, [I’m From Nowhere] is a touching debut that evokes elements of both Leonard Cohen’s The Favorite Game and Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers.”—Jennifer McCartney, author

“In Aatif Rashid’s witty and dissolute Portrait of Sebastian Khan, a Muslim American college student is conflicted by his love for free-spirited pleasure and the more conventional realities of success… Sebastian is a flawed but compelling character, and his romances are detailed with rushes of color and sensation. This sensuality alternates with undertones of humor and even subtle splendor.”—Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews

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