Kristopher Jansma: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Wednesday March 20, 2013
We threw a book party for this debut novel The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma.
About The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards:
To the prim socialites at Raleigh’s Briar Creek Country Club, he is Princeton-bound Walter Hartright. To an expectant audience at his short-story reading at Berkshire College, he is “the one, the only, Pinkerton.” To the rapt students in his Introduction to Journalism course at The City College of NY, he is the hip, unorthodox Professor Timothy Wallace. To the callow, rich boy whose homework he does for cash, he is the inscrutable Outis. He is the narrator of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, and he is both every man and no man.
Jansma’s debut follows the worldwide travels of our hopelessly unreliable narrator and his two friends: Julian McGann, an alcohol-addled collegiate literary rival, and the high-society Broadway actress Evelyn, also known as the girl who got away. They chase love, triumphs, failures, and each other from jazz clubs in Manhattan to a writer’s colony in Iceland, from the mountains of Sri Lanka to a wedding on the lip of the Grand Canyon. This novel is as much a coming-of-age story about a young man and his friends trying to find their way in the world as an exploration of the nature of truth.
Kristopher Jansma is a lecturer at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase, and writes a monthly column for Electric Literature’s blog, “The Outlet.” His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and he was selected as a finalist for BOMB Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Kristopher lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.