Simeon Marsalis

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(Marsalis, Simeon) Simeon Marsalis graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013. He has lived in New York, New Hampshire, and New Orleans. As Lie Is to Grin (Catapult) is his first book, which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. David, the narrator of the novel, is a freshman at the University of Vermont who is struggling to define himself against the white backdrop of his school. Booklist writes, “Marsalis’ deep and creative coming-of-age tale confronts race and omitted history. An exciting, thought-provoking debut.”