Literary pick of the week: Martin Pousson unveils 'Black Sheep Boy'

On Thursday evening, Martin Pousson launches his new book, "Black Sheep Boy," at Skylight Books. Pousson was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship to work on the book, which blends Southern Gothic literary heritage, his Cajun upbringing and his distinctive voice to tell a novel in stories.

It follows a boy from Louisiana as he travels through a world full of dangers, both mythical and physical.

Published by local indie Rare Bird Books, "Black Sheep Boy" has earned rave blurbs from some of the best surrealist writers. Ben Loory describes it as “electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental … a book to give you fevers, chills, and visions.” Aimee Bender writes that it is “beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open, and vulnerable.” This is the kind of book that you don’t need to be LGBT-plus to enjoy; you just need to pick up a copy and start reading.

Pousson is the award-winning author of "No Place, Louisiana" and the poetry collection "Sugar." He teaches at California State University Northridge.

 

Martin Pousson launches "Black Sheep Boy"

7:30 p.m. Thursday

Skylight Books

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

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