Jill Louise Busby with Chantal V. Johnson
An evening we so wish we could be presenting in-person, we are nonetheless thrilled to be virtually presenting this virtual reading and discussion with Jill Louise Busby, presently living in nearby Olympia, for her compelling debut book, Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity (Bloomsbury). Drawn from years of working in non-profits, specializing one way and another in ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion,’ and whatever other buzzwords of the moment applied, this is a telling look at white (faux) liberalism (hello, Pacific Northwest), sparing no one, the author herself included.
“Jill Louise Busby's Unfollow Me reminds me of just how much courage I lack. It forced me to challenge who I've presented myself as, and to confront the invisible but thick tether between irreverence and conformity, especially as it pertains to conversations and stances around identity and technology. Busby's voice is sharp, but what's sharper is the feeling that Busby is asking us to complicate our arguments and muster up the moxie to sort and see our many selves in a more honest light. And for that, I am grateful.” ―Jason Reynolds.
“Jill lets us know out the gate that she ain't come to play. This book is real, raw, and unrelenting. Dark, satirical, full of brilliance and bad ass'ness. Now is definitely not the time to be unfollowing Jill.” ―Killer Mike.
What the virtual taketh away in terms of in-person presence, it also giveth in terms of novelist Chantal V. Johnson being able to join this evening in conversation. She is the author of the lauded debut novel, Post-traumatic, of which Jill Louise Busby was one with early praise, “Post-traumatic is astonishingly funny, intimately neurotic, and so honest and necessary that I can't stop thinking about it .... This book is a mirror I couldn't put down.”
Chantal V. Johnson is a tenant lawyer and writer. Her debut novel, Post-Traumatic, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in April 2022. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, she lives in New York.