David E. Hoffman
David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor and member of the editorial board of The Washington Post. He was previously assistant managing editor, foreign editor, Jerusalem correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and White House correspondent for the newspaper. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In Give Me Liberty: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and His Daring Quest for a Free Cuba (Simon & Schuster), Hoffman offers a portrait of a lone individual with the courage, faith, and persistence to struggle for democracy against an unforgiving dictator. A leading voice of opposition, he founded the Christian Liberation Movement, a pro-democracy movement that called for nonviolent civil disobedience. His most daring challenge to the Cuban government was the Varela Project, a one-page citizen petition demanding, among other rights, free speech, a free press, and free elections. More than 35,000 people signed it. After receiving multiple death threats, on July 22, 2012, Payá died in a suspicious car accident.
Bruce Holsinger is the author of The Gifted School, which won the Colorado Book Award. He teaches at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. To all appearances, the Larsen-Hall family has everything: healthy children, a stable marriage, a lucrative career for Brantley, and the means for Daphne to pursue her art full-time. But in The Displacements: A Novel (Riverhead Books), their deluxe Miami life has just clicked into place when Luna – the world’s first Category 6 hurricane – upends everything they have taken for granted. When the storm makes landfall, it triggers a descent of another sort for the family. Their home is destroyed, two members are missing, and their finances are abruptly cut off. They find themselves swept into a mass rush of evacuees from across the American South, transported hundreds of miles to a FEMA megashelter. Their new community includes an insurance agent-turned-drug dealer, a group of vulnerable children, and a dedicated relief worker trying to keep the peace. The Displacements explores what happens when privilege is lost and resilience is tested in a swiftly changing world.
A.M. Homes is the author of 13 books, among them the bestselling memoir The Mistress’ Daughter; the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, The End of Alice, and Jack; and the short story collections Days of Awe, The Safety of Objects, and Things You Should Know. She also writes for film and television and teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University. In The Unfolding: A Novel (Viking) the Big Guy loves his family, money, and country. But unhappy with the results of the 2008 presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of the American dream. As they scheme, the Big Guy also faces turbulence within his family. His wife, Charlotte, grieves a life not lived, while his 18-year-old daughter, Meghan, begins to realize that history, her favorite subject, is not what her father taught her. It’s a story that is as much about the dynamics within a family as it is about the desire for those in power to remain there. The Unfolding explores what happens when people living together under one roof have different definitions of truth, freedom, and democracy.
Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, The Knitting Circle, and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her most recent books are the memoirs Fly Girl: A Memoir and Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. In Fly Girl (W. W. Norton & Company), Hood explores her years as a flight attendant. In 1978 flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world – and maybe, one day, write about it – Hood joined their ranks. She survived TWA’s rigorous Breech Training Academy and learned to evacuate seven kinds of aircraft, deliver a baby, mix proper cocktails, administer oxygen, and stay calm no matter the situation. In the air, Hood found both the expected adventure and the sometimes unexpected realities of the job. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin and dined in front of the pyramids in Cairo. She fended off passengers’ advances, found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels. It was a job that, she notes, despite its roots in sexist standards, empowered her.
Lars Horn’s writing has appeared in Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, on Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Horn is the author of Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay, (Graywolf Press), an essay collection that explores the trans experience through themes of water, fish, and mythology, set against the backdrop of travels in Russia and a debilitating back injury that left Horn temporarily unable to speak. In their hands, the collection takes shape as a unified book weaving short vignettes about fish, shrines, and antiquities serving as interludes between longer essays. Horn swims through various subjects, roving across maritime history, theology, questions of the body and gender, sexuality, transmasculinity, and illness. These essays are linked by a desire to interrogate liminal physicalities. Horn reexamines the oft-presumed uniformity of bodily experience, breaking down the implied singularity of “the body” as a cultural and scientific object. The essays instead privilege ways of seeing and being that resist binaries. A sui generis work of nonfiction, Voice of the Fish blends the aquatic, mystical, and physical to reach a place beyond them all.
One of the U.K.’s most prolific and successful writers, Anthony Horowitz may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. Two of his previous novels, Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders, were instant New York Times bestsellers. Other books include his most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, and The House of Silk. His bestselling Alex Rider YA series has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. In January 2014, he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature. In The Twist of a Knife: A Novel (Harper), Horowitz the author writes Horowitz the character, splitting from ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne. After three books, their deal is over. He has other things in mind – a new play opening in London’s West End. But the play is panned, in particular by Sunday Times critic Margaret Throsby, who savages the writing. The next day, she appears stabbed in the heart with a dagger that belongs to Horowitz and has his fingerprints all over it. He’s the prime suspect, and only one man can help him. Will Hawthorne answer the call?
Jeff Houck is vice president of marketing for the Columbia Restaurant Group and previously worked as food editor, writer, and blogger for the Tampa Tribune. The Cuban Sandwich: A History In Layers (University Press of Florida), co-written with Andrew Huse and Bárbara Cruz, tells the story of how the title treat became a symbol for a displaced people, won the hearts and bellies of America, and claimed a spot on menus around the world. The odyssey of the “Cubano” – combining Cuban bread, sweet ham, savory roast pork, perfectly melted Swiss cheese, and tangy, crunchy pickles – begins with its hazy origins in the midnight cafés of Havana. From there it evolved into a dainty high-class hors d’oeuvre and eventually became a hearty street snack devoured by cigar factory workers. Huse and his co-authors sort through vintage recipes, sift gossip from Florida old-timers, and wade into the fearsome Tampa vs. Miami debate (is adding salami necessary or heresy?) to reveal the social history behind a lunch-counter staple in the U.S. and beyond.
Tom Hudson is the chief content officer at WAMU, the NPR member station serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He spent 10 years as vice president of news and as a special correspondent at WLRN Public Media in Miami, where he hosted The Sunshine Economy, The Florida Roundup, and the South Florida Roundup. He writes a weekly column on the investment markets for the Miami Herald and is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Journalism at the University of Miami.
Michelle Huneven is the author of four previous novels: Round Rock, Jamesland, Blame, and Off Course. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award for fiction and a James Beard Award for feature writing with recipes. In Search: A Novel (Penguin Press) Dana Potowski is a restaurant critic, food writer, and a long-time member of a progressive Unitarian Universalist congregation in Southern California. Just as she’s finishing the book tour for her latest bestseller, she joins the church search committee for a new minister. Under pressure to find her next book idea, she agrees and resolves to secretly pen a memoir, with recipes, about the experience. As Huneven’s Search follows Dana, Dana’s memoir, Search, follows the travails of the committee and the candidates and becomes a media sensation. Dana had good material to work with: The candidates range from a baker and microbrew master/pastor to a reverend who identifies as both a witch and an environmental warrior. The committee ultimately faces a stark choice between two very different paths forward for the congregation. And though she was once ambivalent about joining the committee, Dana finds that she cares deeply about the congregation than she ever realized and will fight, if necessary, to win the day.
Laird Hunt is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and two book-length translations from French. His reviews and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and others. He teaches in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University and lives in Providence, Rhode Island. A finalist for the 2021 National Book Award (Fiction), Hunt’s Zorrie: A Novel (Bloomsbury) follows a woman searching for her place in the world – and finding it in rural Indiana. Growing up, Zorrie Underwood’s modest and hardscrabble home county was the only constant in her life. After losing both her parents, Zorrie moved in with her aunt, whose death orphaned her all over again. Cast off into the perilous realities and sublime landscapes of rural, Depression-era Indiana, Zorrie drifts westward. She survives on odd jobs, sleeping in barns and under the stars, before finding work at a radium processing plant. But when Indiana calls Zorrie home, she finally finds the love and community that have eluded her in and around the small town of Hillisburg. And yet, even as she tries to build a new life, she discovers that her trials have only begun.
Hugh “H.D.” Hunter
Hugh “H.D.” Hunter is a storyteller, teaching artist, and community organizer who has won several indie book awards for multicultural fiction; he is committed to crafting stories about Black kids and their many expansive worlds. Futureland: Battle for the Park (Random House Books for Young Readers), introduces readers to the most spectacular theme park in the world. Everyone wants a ticket to Futureland, where you can literally live out your wildest dreams. Want to step inside your favorite video game? Go pro in a sports arena? Perform at a real live concert? Grab your ticket and come right in. But to Cam Walker, the son of the park’s famous creators, Futureland has always just been home. When the park arrives at its latest stop, Atlanta, Cam is thrilled for what promises to be its biggest opening, ever. But things aren’t quite right. Attractions are glitching, kids go missing, and when his parents are blamed, Cam must find the missing kids and whoever’s trying to take down his family before it’s too late.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an Emmy-winning journalist who has been in the field for more than five decades. After starting her career at The New Yorker, Hunter-Gault joined The New York Times, where she established the Harlem Bureau – the first of its kind – and eventually joined PBS Newshour as its first substitute anchor and national correspondent. She is the recipient of two Emmys and Peabody Award for excellence in journalism, among many other accolades. My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives (Harper) is a collection of her groundbreaking reportage vividly chronicling Black life’s experience in America. Hunter-Gault was 18 years old when she made national news after mounting a successful legal challenge that culminated in her admission to the University of Georgia in January 1961; she was one of the first two Black students to integrate the institution. Spanning from the civil rights movement through the election and inauguration of America’s first Black president, My People showcases her lifelong commitment to reporting on Black people in their totality, “in ways that are recognizable to themselves.”
Andrew T. Huse
Andrew T. Huse is curator of Florida studies at the University of South Florida Libraries. His other books include From Saloons to Steakhouses: A History of Tampa and The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine. The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers (University Press of Florida), co-written with Bárbara C. Cruz and Jeff Houck, tells the story of how the title treat became a symbol for a displaced people, won the hearts and bellies of America, and claimed a spot on menus around the world. The odyssey of the “Cubano” – combining Cuban bread, sweet ham, savory roast pork, perfectly melted Swiss cheese, and tangy, crunchy pickles – begins with its hazy origins in the midnight cafés of Havana. From there it evolved into a dainty high-class hors d’oeuvre and eventually became a hearty street snack devoured by cigar factory workers. Huse and his co-authors sort through vintage recipes, sift gossip from Florida old-timers, and wade into the fearsome Tampa vs. Miami debate (is adding salami necessary or heresy?) to reveal the social history behind a lunch-counter staple in the U.S. and beyond.
Dave Hyde is a sports columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he has written for nearly three decades. His work has been featured in the Best American Sports Writing anthology series, and he is the author of 1968: The Year That Saved Ohio State Football. He collaborated with Jimmy Johnson on the Hall of Fame coach’s book Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls and Footballs: A Memoir (Scribner). Hyde will join Miami Book Fair 2022 for a conversation with Johnson.
Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi
Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, and graduated from Barnard and UPenn with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science. Her stories and poetry have appeared in New Writing from Africa 2009, Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, the Indiana Review, Wasafiri, Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa, and The American Poetry Review. Moving between Nigeria and America, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions: A Novel in Interlocking Stories (Amistad) is a linked short story collection that explores the world of four accomplished Nigerian women. Nonso, Remi, Aisha, and Solape are students at an all-girls boarding school. They forge an unbreakable sisterhood – tempered during a school rebellion with repercussions that will reverberate throughout their lives. As children of well-to-do families, these young women have been raised with a thirst for independence, believing a university education is their right. But then, they must grapple with adulthood and the world’s uncertainties within and outside Nigeria. Revolving around loss, belonging, family, friendship, alienation, and silence, Jollof Rice is a portrait of women contending with the unsettling notion that moving forward in time isn’t necessarily progress.
Michael Imperioli won an Emmy Award for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos. He also wrote five episodes of the show; was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam, and contributed to the short story anthology The Nicotine Chronicles. He is also the co-author, with Sopranos co-star Steve Schirripa, of Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos. Additionally, Imperioli is a singer and guitarist in the band ZOPA. The Perfume Burned His Eyes (Akashic Books), his debut novel, begins in 1976. Matthew is a 16-year-old boy living in Jackson Heights, Queens. After losing his two most important male role models – his father and grandfather – his mother use her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. “The city” is an entirely new and strange world for Matthew. But he soon befriends Lou Reed, who lives in the same building and eventually becomes an unorthodox father figure for him. The novel is written from the point of view of Matthew at age 18, two years after the story begins, and concludes in 2013, three days after Lou Reed’s death, with Matthew in his fifties.
Rosie Inguanzo (La Habana, Cuba, 1966) Narradora, poeta, actriz y performer (puede vérsele caracterizando a Eslinda Cifuentes en las performances que realiza junto al violinista y compositor Alfredo Triff). Vive en Miami desde 1985. Tiene un doctorado en Español y Literatura Iberoamericana por la Florida International University y es profesora. Ha publicado la novela La Habana sentimental (Bokeh, Leiden, 2018) y los poemarios Deseo de donde se era (Nos y Otros Editores, Madrid, 2001) y La vida de la vida (Hypermedia, Miami, 2018). Coordina la mesa Realismo y fantasía en la literatura.
Dionne Irving is the author of the novel Quint. Her work has appeared in Story, Boulevard, Missouri Review, New Delta Review, and on Literary Hub, among other print and online journals and magazines. She teaches in the creative writing program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience at the University of Notre Dame. In The Islands: Stories (Catapult), Irving looks at the history and condition of Jamaican women in locations and times ranging from 1950s London and 1960s Panama to modern-day New Jersey. She follows the lives of these women – immigrants or the descendants of immigrants – who chose to move to escape the ghosts of colonialism on what they call “the Island.” It’s an unsettled cast of characters. In one story, a woman and her husband impulsively leave San Francisco and move to Florida with wild dreams of American reinvention, only to reveal the cracks in their marriage. In another, the sole Jamaican mother at a prep school feels pressure to volunteer for its International Day event. In a third, a travel writer connects with the mother who once abandoned her. Restless, displaced, and disconnected, these characters try to ground themselves and grow roots wherever they find themselves.
Sophie Irwin grew up in Dorset, England, and later worked in publishing in London. In A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting: A Novel (Pamela Dorman Books), Irwin’s debut, Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only 12 weeks to save her family from ruin. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kitty leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season. Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel, but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game. The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs – until their parrying takes an entirely different turn.
S. Isabelle is a reader, writer, and hoarder of books. After earning a master’s degree in library science, she took that love of reading to youth librarianship. Her short story “Break” was featured in the anthology Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. The Witchery (Scholastic Press), her debut YA novel, follows Logan, a new witch arriving at Mesmortes Coven Academy in Haelsford, Florida. At the Academy, the infamous Red Three take her under their wings. There is Iris, a deathwitch, who wants nothing more than to break the town’s curse; Thalia, the talented greenwitch, on the run from her religious family and her past; and Jailah, an extraordinary witch whose thirst for power may yet lead her down a dark path. With the Haunting Season approaching, Wolves will soon rise from the swamp to kill. Humans and witches must work together to survive the yearly onslaught, but the history between them is long and bloodied. Still, when students of the Hammersmitt School start turning up dead, the witches realize they’ll have to stop the Wolves themselves. Yet old dangers lie in wait.
Tajja Isen is a writer, editor, and voice actor. Her essays and criticism have appeared in dozens of outlets across the United States and Canada, and she is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine, the former digital editor of The Walrus, and the co-editor of the essay anthology The World As We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate. She has also edited for Electric Literature. In the nine essays in her debut collection, Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service (Atria/One Signal Publishers), Isen explores the absurdities of life in a world fluent in the language of social justice but not always committed to follow through. Some of My Best Friends takes on the cartoon industry’s pivot away from colorblind casting, the pursuit of diverse representation in the literary world, the law’s refusal to see inequality, and the cozy fictions of nationalism. Isen deftly examines the quick, cosmetic fixes society makes to address systemic problems and reveals the unexpected ways they can misfire. Braiding cultural criticism with her lived experience, she explores the gaps between what we say and what we do, what we do and what we value, and what we demand.
Susie Jaramillo serves as the president and chief creative officer of Encantos, an entertainment-driven ed-tech company creating direct-to-learner family brands for kids and parents. She is also the creator of Canticos, the Emmy-nominated Latino-inspired bilingual nursery rhyme series launched in 2016, and the author/illustrator of more than 20 children’s books. In Skeletina and the In-Between World (Roaring Brook Press), readers meet the title character, a fun-loving and fearless little girl who lives in the in-between world with her friends – who include monsters, creatures, ghosts, and more. In their upside-down, inside-out, in-between world, the living come to visit when they’re fast asleep and the dead hang out when they have unfinished business. And when children come to visit to confront their fears or see a loved one who has recently left the world of the living, Skeletina is there to guide them. Inspired by Mexican culture, Skeletina is the first book in a series that combines kooky characters and a spooky story with important and resonant themes about empathy, bravery, self-esteem, and the enduring power of love.
Will Jawando is an attorney, activist, community leader, and councilmember in Montgomery County, Maryland, a diverse community of more than one million residents. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, and on BET.com, and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and on NPR, NBC News, and MTV. In My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Jawando tells an affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color as he looks back on the relationships with the mentors that enabled him to thrive. A Black kid with a divorced white mother and a frayed relationship with his biological father, Jawando found in Mr. Williams, the rare Black male grade school teacher, someone who bolstered his self-esteem when he was being bullied. There is also Jay Fletcher, an openly gay colleague of his mother who got him off junk food and took him to his first play, and President Barack Obama, who made him his associate director of public engagement at the White House. Jawando writes that without the influence of these men, he would not be who he is today.
Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and is the author of the novel Little Gods. Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories (Mariner Books) features 10 thematically linked stories. Written during the turbulent years of the Trump administration and the first year of the pandemic, these stories explore intimacy and isolation, coming of age, and coming to terms with the repercussions of past mistakes, fraying relationships, and surprising moments of connection. Moving between San Francisco and China, and from unsparing realism to genre-bending delight, Self-Portrait with Ghost considers what it means to live in an age of heightened self-consciousness, seemingly unlimited access to knowledge, and little actual power.
Jimmy Johnson is the former NFL and college football head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and University of Miami Hurricanes. Johnson led the 1987 Hurricanes to win the College Football National Championship and the Dallas Cowboys to consecutive victories in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII in 1993 and 1994. He is the first football coach to win championships at the collegiate and professional levels. Since retiring after the 1999 NFL season, Johnson has served as an analyst for the Fox network’s NFL Sunday. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls, and Footballs: A Memoir (Scribner), written with sportswriter Dave Hyde, Johnson offers a candid account of his life experiences. It discusses his professional conflict with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, his revelations following his mother’s death, and his son’s struggle with addiction. And of course, he talks football: his criteria for identifying talent, his core beliefs, replacing legends like Tom Landry and Don Shula, and coaching gridiron stars from a young Troy Aikman to an aging Dan Marino. Still, more than a highlight reel, Swagger reveals Johnson’s lessons learned both as a man and as a coach.
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series of the same name. He has received awards for fiction from the Western Writers of America and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. In Hell and Back: A Longmire Mystery (Viking), the 18th installment of the series, Johnson takes its beloved sheriff to the very limits of his sanity. He wakes up lying in the middle of the street in the infamous town of Fort Pratt, Montana, where 30 young Native boys perished in a tragic 1896 boarding school fire. Every person from that endless night is dead. Now he is covered in blood, and a bullet from the gun holstered on his hip is missing. Is there something out there in the yellowed skies? Is it what the Northern Cheyenne refer to as the “Wandering Without,” the “Taker of Souls?” He knows his name only because it is printed on the leather sweatband of his cowboy hat. It says he is Walt Longmire – only he doesn’t remember him.
William Johnson is the PEN Across America program director at PEN America. A longtime steward in the writing community, he was the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary magazine committed to showcasing work of artistic integrity, and also co-produced Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, the first major anthology for queer poets of color in the United States. In 2011, Johnson began his tenure at Lambda Literary, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ literature. As the deputy director of Lambda Literary, Johnson oversaw many of the organization’s most dynamic programs and public events, including the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and Lambda’s web magazine, the Lambda Literary Review. In 2021, Johnson was awarded The Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award, an award recognizing contributions to LGBTQ+ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.
Practicing law and doing ADA compliance has paid the bills, but Heidi Johnson-Wright finds joy in freelance writing. She has completed an edgy memoir manuscript about the truths – both brutal and beautiful – of growing up with a disability. Her passions include Spain, punk rock, collecting vintage Wacky Packages and H.P. Lovecraft. She finds joy in rescuing stray cats in Miami’s Little Havana. Follow her on Twitter @GimpGirl64.
Saeed Jones is the author of How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir, the collection Prelude to Bruise, and the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and GQ, and he has been featured on public radio, including NPR’s Fresh Air, Pop Culture Happy Hour, It’s Been A Minute with Sam Sanders, and All Things Considered. In the haunted poems in Alive at the End of the World (Coffee House Press), Jones strips away American artifice to reveal the intimate grief of a mourning son and the collective grief bearing down on all of us. Drawing from memoir, fiction, and persona, Jones confronts the everyday perils of white supremacy with a finely tuned poetic ear, identifying moments that seem routine even as they open chasms of hurt. He sees himself as an unreliable narrator, so he looks outward to understand what’s within. He calls on cultural icons like Little Richard, Paul Mooney, Aretha Franklin, and Diahann Carroll to illuminate how long and perilously we’ve been living on top of fault lines. The end of the world is already here, and the apocalypse is a state of being.