“Please join us as we celebrate the launch of the paperback edition of Mitchell S. Jackson’s bestselling memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. We are thrilled that Mitchell will be joined in conversation for this event with Portland author Cheryl Strayed. Strayed is the author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and Torch.
Jackson, who grew up in Portland, is also the author of the novel The Residue Years. In Survival Math, Jackson chronicles growing up in northeast Portland, a black community in one of the whitest cities in America. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, tender portrayals, stark candor, and luminous style, the book reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. The primary narrative, focused on understanding the antecedents of Jackson’s family’s experiences, is complemented by poems composed from historical American documents as well as survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives.
Jesmyn Ward calls the book “Relentlessly clear-eyed and virtuosic,” saying that “Survival Math offers revelation after revelation; in the end, it remakes our understanding of the world and those in it.” Salman Rushdie says: “This is a mesmerizing book, full of story, truth, pain, lyricism, humor, and astonishment: the stuff of a difficult life, fully lived, and masterfully transformed into art.” And Terrance Hayes says that Jackson “writes with a poet’s ear….This book is beautiful and vital.”
This ticketed event will take place at at 7 pm (doors open at 6) at Broadway Books on Tuesday, February 25th. Tickets are $17 and include a copy of Survival Math. You can purchase tickets online at this link or in person at the bookstore.
In honor of this event, we will be reading Survival Math and discussing the book at our spring Broadway Books Book Club meeting on Sunday, March 1st, at 5:30 pm. Anyone can participate in this discussion; just let us know you are planning to attend by responding to this email or by calling the store. For more information, be sure to join our mailing list by adding your name to the clipboard next to the register.” -Broadway Books
Jackson’s The Residue Years recounts in fiction his growing up in inner NE Portland, near Union Avenue (MLK).