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Online: WW Book Club – Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson

July 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Willamette Writers Online Book Club

Willamette Writers Online Book Club

Join us to discuss Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson.

In anticipation of Mitchell S. Jackson's keynote at the 2020 Willamette Writers Online Conference, we invite you to participate in an online book club discussing Jackson's Survival Math: Notes on an All-American FamilyThe event will take place on Thursday July 23, at 6pm PST. The conversation will be facilitated by John Miller, and members and non members are invited to participate.

The conversation will include a discussion on the writer's art, what we can see of it in Jackson's work, such as:

  • Topic choices
  • Stylistic, syntax, perspective choices
  • Context- where he comes from (born and raised in Portland)- influencing his world view of the now
  • Intentions of the text vs. its effect in a reader
  • Lessons learned out of Survival Math to take into each of our own writing practice

This work may have a heaviness attached, and we are fortunate to be able to lean on John's facilitation experience to foster a safe, inclusive and honest conversation at the event. If you do not already own a copy of Survival Math, we encourage purchase of the book through local independent book store, Annie Blooms: https://www.annieblooms.com/wishlist/136.

To RSVP, and for any questions related to this event, please contact John Miller: secretary@willamettewriters.org

About the Author

Mitchell S JacksonMitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has been featured as cover stories for Time Magazine and Esquire Magazine, as well as in The New YorkerHarpersThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Paris ReviewThe Washington Post MagazineThe Guardian and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) was published in the spring of 2019 and named a best book of the year by numerous publications, including NPR, Time MagazineThe Paris ReviewThe RootKirkus ReviewsEsquire Magazine, and Buzzfeed.


About the Facilitator

Online: WW Book Club- Survival Math, by Mitchell S. Jackson

John Miller is the Secretary of the Willamette Writers Board. He is also the founder/facilitator of Portland Ars Poetica, an ongoing literary poetry workshop.





How to join us

This will be a webinar.

Meeting ID: 833 5376 5831
Password: 576432
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+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 833 5376 5831
Password: 576432

We hope to see you online!


July 23, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Portland, OR United States