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James Han Mattson Book Launch: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves

Bird In Hand

Join Bird in Hand and the Rogue Reading Series for a Book Launch Reading by James Han Mattson, author of The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves. Mattson will be joined by poets Jennifer Chang and Lisa Olstein.

In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life.

A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they’re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities.

James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught writing at the University of Iowa; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Maryland; the University of Cape Town; and George Washington University. This is his first novel.

Jennifer Chang is the author of Some Say the Lark and The History of Anonymity, which was a finalist for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers and listed by Hyphen Magazine as a Top Five Book of Poetry for 2008. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2012, The Nation, Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC with her family.

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire. Recipient of a Hayden Carruth Award, Pushcart Prize, Lannan Writing Residency and Essay Press Chapbook Prize, she is a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin’s New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers.







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Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00pm


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