Willy Vlautin - Don't Skip Out on Me - Reading and Signing

Join BookBar in welcoming author and musician Willy Vlautin! He'll be reading and presenting on his novel Don't Skip Out on Me.

"Willy Vlautin will break your heart with his hardscrabble characters.  He's the champion of the marginalized, the traumatized, the lonely, and the bereft, ennobling and imbuing the most unlikely characters with a  pathos and generosity generally reserved for saints. The world needs more Willy Vlautin, and Don’t Skip Out on Me is his best novel yet." - Jonathan Evison 


About the Book:

A moving story about a man’s search for belonging in all the wrong places, Don't Skip Out on Me is an understated yet powerful exploration of identity and loneliness pulled from deep within America’s soul. Richmond Fontaine has also created a soundtrack, which will be available for download and perfectly evokes the spirit and setting of this stunning and heartbreaking new novel. 

Horace Hopper has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch, but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers, took him in after his parents abandoned him and treated him like a son, intending to someday leave the ranch in his hands. But Horace, ashamed of not only his half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage but also the fact that his parents didn’t want him, feels as if he doesn’t truly belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Knowing that he needs to make a name for himself, Horace leaves behind the only loving home he has ever known for Tucson, where he can prove his worth as a championship boxer.  

But to become a champion, Horace has to change not just the way he eats, trains, and thinks—he has to change who he is. Reinventing himself as Hector Hidalgo, a scrappy Mexican fighter whose family fled the violence of the drug cartels for the safety of the Nevada mountains, Horace begins training and entering fights. His journey brings him as far as Texas, Salt Lake City, and the boxing rings of Mexico, pitting him against bigger and better fighters as his reputation grows. But though his new life in the city means he is constantly surrounded by people, Horace grows more and more isolated, withdrawing into himself as he struggles with the pain of his boxing injuries and his loneliness. 

About the Author:

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: The Motel Life (2007--NYT Editor’s choice and notable book, made into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsh, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010-Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, short-listed for the IMPAC award, and soon to be a major motion picture starring Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny), and The Free (2014-Winner of the Oregon People’s Choice Award). His fifth novel, Don't Skip Out on Me, will be published in 2018. His work has been translated in eight languages.

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced ten studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe, The Independent calling Willy, “The Dylan of the Dislocated.” 2014 saw the debut of Vlautin’s new band, The Delines, featuring vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations). Their album, Colfax received rave reviews from across Europe and the United States. Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written”. The Delines sold out venues on their first UK and Irish tour and have subsequently had successful tours in the Europe and Australia.

Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.


Join us in the Lounge from 7 - 9 pm on March 17th.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Don't Skip Out on Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684455
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - February 13th, 2018