Victor LaValle joined fellow novelist Mat Johnson for a conversation about H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, tackling beloved genres, and reinventing them for our times. This event was to help raise awareness for NYC Books Through Bars, a non-profit program that helps deliver books to the incarcerated.
In The Ballad of Black Tom (featured in this month's book drive for Books Through Bars), LaValle takes inspiration from the otherworldliness of "The Horror at Red Hook" while subverting Lovecraft's overt racism. In Pym, Johnson muses on Poe's unconventional 1838 seafaring novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and veers into literary territories Poe himself would have been in awe of.
If you would like to read books by Victor LaValle and Mat Johnson, you can purchase copies here: https://bookshop.org/
Book Club at Freebird
Interested in hearing more about the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club, where it's never too late to join? Visit their Meetup group here for more info. They meet typically the third Thursday of every month at the store.