Survival Math by Mitch S. Jackson

This is a mesmerizing book, full of story, truth, pain, lyricism, humor, and astonishment: the stuff of a difficult life, fully lived, and masterfully transformed into art."

—Salman Rushdie
























Salman Rushdie & Mitchell S. Jackson on Survival

Thursday May 2, 2019
07:00 pm

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SALMAN RUSHDIE celebrated the powerful nonfiction debut of up-and-coming writer MITCHELL S. JACKSON. 

An electrifying, dazzlingly written reckoning and an essential addition to the national conversation about race and class, Survival Math takes its name from the calculations award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson made to survive the Portland, Oregon of his youth. This dynamic book explores gangs and guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of addiction—all framed within the story of Jackson, his family, and his community. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, its tender portrayals, its stark candor, and its luminous style, Survival Math reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. 

Survival Math: A Lyric Film Trailer from Mitchell S. Jackson on Vimeo.

Mitchell S. JacksonMITCHELL S. JACKSON'S debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut  Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and The Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers,The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Tin House, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) published in the spring of 2019. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing in Liberal Studies at New York University. 

Salman Rushdie by Beowulf SheehanSALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of thirteen novels including Midnight’s Children,winner of the 1981 Booker Prize and Best of the Booker in 2008, The Satanic Verses, and most recently, The Golden House. His novel Quichotte is forthcoming from Random House in fall 2019. He is also the author of a book of short stories, East, West, and four works of non-fiction, including his memoir Joseph Anton.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a former president of American PEN. Rushdie is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.