First published last year, award-winning writer Mitchell Jackson’s extraordinary Survival Math: Notes on an American Family (newly in paper, Scribner) was on several best of year lists. It also now stands as one of the best memoirs to come out of the Northwest in eons. Hailing from Portland, Mitchell Jackson, also author of the novel, The Residue Years, writes of all he had to survive in order to survive.
"If you've read Mitchell S. Jackson, you already know he writes with a poet’s ear. In Survival Math he foregrounds how powerfully he writes with a poet's perception. His sentences radiate empathy. He perceives the lives of hustlers, prisoners, and ghosts. He speaks to and with and for his people-- which is to say, your people and my people. Mitchell S. Jackson’s insights into how black men survive become insights of everyone’s survival. This book is beautiful and vital." —Terrance Hayes.
“Relentlessly clear-eyed and virtuosic, Survival Math offers revelation after revelation; in the end, it remakes our understanding of the world and those in it." —Jesmyn Ward.
Co-presented by The Northwest African American Museum.