Join SubText Books in the store on Friday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Nick White! White will read and discuss his latest, "Sweet and Low," one of the most anticipated books of summer 2018, and he’ll be in conversation with Chris Stedman. Book signing to follow!
Praised by the Washington Post as “Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the twenty-first-century South,” Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character.
At first glance, the stories in Sweet and Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons. But they are not what they seem. In these stories, Nick White deconstructs the core qualities of Southern fiction, exposing deeply flawed and fascinating characters–promiscuous academics, aging podcasters, woodpecker assassins, and lawnmower enthusiasts, among others–all on wildly compelling quests. From finding an elusive bear to locating a prized timepiece to making love on the grave of an iconic writer, each story is a thrilling adventure with unexpected turns. White’s honest and provocative prose will jolt readers awake with its urgency.
About Nick White:
Nick White is the author of the novel "How to Survive a Summer." His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Literary Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University.
About Chris Stedman:
Chris Stedman is the author of "Faitheist," "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, VICE, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed Reader, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. After serving as a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University and director of the Yale Humanist Community, he now lives in Minneapolis, where he is a writer, speaker, fellow at Augsburg University, and founding executive director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota. He is working on his second book and writing a monthly column on vulnerability in the social media age for INTO called "Exposed."