April 18: Jason Mott

Jason Mott

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Co-sponsored by The Schaefer Center Presents

Reading: 6 p.m.
Table Rock, Room 201B, Plemmons Student Union

About Jason Mott

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and …hide behind me… He is the author of three novels: The Returned, The Wonder of All Things, and The Crossing. The Returned, Mott’s debut novel, was adapted by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It aired on the ABC network under the title Resurrection. Motts’ fourth novel, Hell of a Book, was released in the summer of 2021 and received the 2021 National Book Award. It’s a story that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans, and America as a whole.

Visit his website: jasonmottauthor.com

Hell of a Book Book Cover

Praise for Hell of a Book:

“It is a story of love and family. It is powerful...poignant and beautiful and what makes me so excited is I cannot wait to be part of these conversations…It’s a story of race, family, love, and justice. It’s original and Jason Mott is a talent.” — Jenna Bush Hager, “Read with Jenna”

Hell of a Book more than lives up to its title. Playful, searching, raw, and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me.” — Charles Yu, author of the National Book Award winner Interior Chinatown

“What a powerful, timely, and provocative novel. Jason's ability to take on deeply important themes with both poignancy and humor makes for an extraordinary emotional rollercoaster of a read, and I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since. Thank you, Jason Mott, for sharing this story with the world.” — Abi Daré, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl with the Louding Voice