Author Bill Beverly Coming to Kalamazoo June 14

Jun 8/, 2016 11:07:28 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo native Bill Beverly will return to his home town to celebrate the successful debut of his latest novel, Dodgers. Join us on Tuesday, June 14, 7 pm at Central Library to hear Beverly share what inspired him to write this book.

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become.

Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

Copies of Dodgers will be available for purchase from Bookbug.  

Bill Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. His research on criminal fugitives and the stories surrounding them became the book On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, DC. 

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