Wednesday, February 24
The Alumni Library invites you to a virtual reading with Simon's Rock alum Justin Deabler from his new novel Lone Stars, which Publisher's Weekly says, "proudly and emotionally defines what it means to be from the Lone Star State" and Eliot Schrefer (National Book Award finalist, author of Endangered) calls, "generous and epic." The reading will be followed by a Q&A.
From the publisher: "Lone Stars follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America. Julian Warner, a father at last, wrestles with a question his husband posed: what will you tell our son about the people you came from, now that they're gone? Finding the answers takes Julian back in time to Eisenhower's immigration border raids, an epistolary love affair during the Vietnam War, crumbling marriages, queer migrations to Cambridge and New York, up to the disorienting polarization of Obama's second term. And in these answers lies a hope: that by uncloseting ourselves--as immigrants, smart women, gay people--we find power in empathy."
About the Author
Justin Deabler grew up in Houston. He dropped out of high school when he was fifteen, went to Simon's Rock, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is the General Counsel for the Queens Public Library. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, son, and two cats. Lone Stars is his first novel.
Attend the Reading
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97152081573?pwd=UGxab05nYTJjc1NwaVAvN056YzBQQT09
Meeting ID: 971 5208 1573
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!