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WORD Presents Jamel Brinkley for A LUCKY MAN in conversation with Tomi Obaro

    05/18/2018 - 7:30pm

    In the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members, and confront mistakes made in the past. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J’Ouvert can’t help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. And at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history. This stunning debut by Jamel Brinkley reflects the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all. WORD is proud to welcome Jamel Brinkely in conversation with Tomi Obaro to discuss this profoundly moving collection. 

    About the Author

    Jamel Brinkley was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Beginning this fall, he will be a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

    About the In-conversation Partner

    Tomi Obaro is a senior culture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.


    This event takes place at our Brooklyn location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Love & Other Carnivorous Plants. Please note that if a copy of the book is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well.

    A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781555978051
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Graywolf Press - May 1st, 2018


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    $5 admission to see Jamel Brinkley at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including A Lucky Man.