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Bryan Washington | Koffler Arts
February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree – $15
Ben McNally Books is happy to continue its partnership with The Koffler Centre of the Arts as the official bookseller for their Books & Ideas series. The first event of 2020 will feature Texas-based writer and social commentator, Bryan Washington, in conversation with Toronto-based author Adnan Khan.
Tuesday, February 4
720 Bay Street
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Dubbed “the rising star of literary Houston” (Literary Hub), Bryan Washington is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Recipient, the recipient of an Ernest J. Gaines Award, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, among others.
Lot, Washington’s critically-acclaimed first collection of linked short stories, was released in 2019. Set in Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the book traces the coming-of-age of a young man growing up Black, Latino and gay. Lot captures Houston’s culturally-rich yet gritty urban landscape, revealing the vulnerable existence of communities living under the shadow of poverty and violence with raw power and tenderness. Offering rare insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.
Selected to The New York Times 100 Notable Books and included on Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2019, The Guardian called Lot a “bruising, enthralling debut collection of interlinked tales portray[ing] precarious lives in Houston.” The New York Times called it “a profound exploration of the true meaning of borders, written very much for and about our current cultural moment.”
Adnan Khan has written for VICE, The Globe and Mail, and Hazlitt. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and in 2016 won the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. There Has to Be a Knife (2019) is his first novel.