Debut Novelist: Gabriel BumpThursday, March 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for an evening of reading and discussion with debut novelist Gabriel Bump.
In his alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG, Gabriel Bump portrays the life of a young everyman. Claude McKay Love isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s just an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home.
Bump’s assured narrative is driven by fierce energy and percolates with an astute awareness of the ironic contradictions of our times. As a young black man trying to keep his head above water in the urban vortex, Claude is fundamentally searching for a place where he can fit. Raised with principles by his civil rights-era grandmother, he tries to escape issues of race when riots consume his neighborhood. But leaving Chicago for college, he discovers he can’t escape his own skin. There is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.
Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and elsewhere. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and he currently lives in Buffalo, New York.