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Book Signing-John Griswold "Pirates You Don't Know" at The Hidden Lantern
April 21, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
John Griswold’s new book, Pirates You Don’t Know And Other Adventures In The Examined Life is a funny, poignant, bittersweet + sometimes snarky account of everything ranging from creative writing to babies, from race issues in a university town to crocodiles. The author’s tongue-in-cheek tone allows him to discuss this breadth of subject matter in an inviting + entertaining way, while still addressing prevalent + important issues. With humor, pathos + poignancy, he touches on his upbringing in a coal town in southern Illinois, how class in America affected four generations of his family, his experience as an army deep-sea diver + frogman, the joys + challenges of fatherhood, what it means to be literate + open to the world.
Griswold is an assistant professor in the MFA program at McNeese State University + is the editor of the McNeese Review. He is the author of the novel A Democracy of Ghosts + of the nonfiction narrative Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City. For nearly ten years, Griswold has been publishing essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Brevit, Ninth Letter + Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name Oronte Churm.