Amos Jasper Wright IV



Amos Jasper Wright IV is native to the dirt of Birmingham, Alabama, but has called Alabama, Massachusetts, and Louisiana home. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master's degree in urban planning from Tufts University. He is currently working on several novels titled Petrochemical Nocturne, The Dead Mule Rides Again, and The Belle Époque of Tuskegee.He lives and works in New Orleans.

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1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Short Stories: A Sense of Place

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Nobody Knows How It Got This Good: Short Stories from the Deep South

Winner of the 2018 Tartt First Fiction Award.

"He successfully combines the anarchic nihilism of Hunter S. Thompson with the deeper, exploratory writings of William Faulkner." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A finely crafted collection that perfectly evokes a place and culture." -- Kirkus Review

Wright's debut collection of short stories was awarded the 2018 Tartt First Fiction Award. Drawing heavily on the author's experiences growing up in Alabama, Nobody Knows How It Got This Good explores themes of racial injustice, class, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental catastrophe, imprisonment, suburbanization, and the perennial themes of love, life and loss. Through sixteen stories sharing common environments and characters--a used car salesman, a cook on death row, a lynching survivor, a U.S. Census enumerator, the author's first short story collection, attempts to come to terms with the modern South. Though set there, these stories aspire with humor and pathos to address national dilemmas.


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