JOHN GRISWOLD - Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life

  
 

Saturday, May 3 at 3PM

BookPeople Presents

Award Winning Author
JOHN GRISWOLD

speaking & signing
Pirates You Don't Know, and Other
Adventures in the Examined Life:
Collected Essays


For nearly ten years John Griswold has been publishing his essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name Oronte Churm. In this new collection, he explores a variety of concerns: What does it mean to be educated? What does it mean to think, feel, create, and be whole? What is the point of this particular journey? 

About Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: For nearly ten years John Griswold has been publishing his essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name Oronte Churm. In Pirates You Don’t Know, Griswold writes poignantly and hilariously about the contingent nature of this life, tying it to his birth in the last American enclave in Saigon during the Vietnam War, his upbringing in a coal town in southern Illinois, and his experience as an army deep-sea diver and frogman. He investigates class in America through four generations of his family and portrays the continuing joys and challenges of fatherhood while making a living, becoming literate, and staying open to the world. But Griswold’s central concerns apply to everyone: What does it mean to be educated? What does it mean to think, feel, create, and be whole? What is the point of this particular journey?

 

John Griswold is an assistant professor in the MFA program at McNeese State University and the editor of the McNeese Review. He is the author of the novel A Democracy of Ghosts and of the nonfiction narrative Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City. He lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

 
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Event date: 
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 3:00pm
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603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
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Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780820346786
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Published: University of Georgia Press - March 15th, 2014

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