Mitchell S. Jackson - Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Upcoming Event
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Jackson, a faculty member of Columbia and New York Universities, won the Ernest Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence for his debut novel, The Residue Years. His second book is a deeply compelling memoir that both recounts his unlikely route to literary success and details the larger picture of the nation’s poverty and discrimination. Taking its title from the calculations he and his family constantly made to stay safe in a dangerous neighborhood, Jackson chronicles his upbringing as part of the small African-American community in overwhelmingly white Portland, Oregon. With a novelist’s sense of craft and characterization and a journalist’s attention to the telling detail, Jackson describes a city of drugs, violence, and poverty, charting the toll these forces take on family life. Jackson will be in conversation with Marita Golden, cofounder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.


Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20008
Union Market
Non Fiction
Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501131707
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

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