Chris Stuck in conversation with Manuel Aragon

Join us for an incredible virtual event with Chris Stuck and Manuel Aragon on August 12th, in celebration of Chris' new book Give My Love To the Savages. Register for the Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpde2trj8vEtwgMEIGRdOEAvHkaNHb1aZt 

About the Authors: Chris Stuck is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He earned an MFA in Fiction from George Mason University, and has been a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, and the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. He is a Pushcart Prize winner, and his work has been published in American Literary Review, Bennington Review, Cagibi, Callaloo, Meridian, and Natural Bridge.

Manuel Aragon is a Latinx writer, director, and filmmaker from Denver, CO. He is a graduate of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. His film work--writing and directing--has been featured on MTV, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. He most recently won the CineLatino Pitch Latino Award for Emerging Filmmakers with the web series Welcome to the Northside a comedic take on gentrification and Latino displacement in North Denver. He is currently working on a short story collection, NorteñasNorteñas is a collection of speculative fiction short stories centered in the Northside, a Mexican and Mexican-American centered part of Denver, and the people, ghosts, and demons that live there.

About the Book: A Black man’s life, told in scenes—through every time he’s been called nigger. A Black son who visits his estranged white father in Los Angeles just as the ’92 riots begin. A Black Republican, coping with a skin disease that has turned him white, is forced to reconsider his life. A young Black man, fetishized by an older white woman he’s just met, is offered a strange and tempting proposal. 

The nine tales in Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience. Chris Stuck traverses the dividing lines, and attempts to create meaning from them in unique and unusual ways. Each story considers a marker of our current culture, from uprisings and sly and not-so-sly racism, to Black fetishization and conservatism, to the obstacles placed in front of Black masculinity and Black and interracial relationships by society and circumstance.

Setting these stories across America, from Los Angeles, Phoenix and the Pacific Northwest, to New York and Washington, DC, to the suburbs and small Midwestern towns, Stuck uses place to expose the absurdity of race and the odd ways that Black people and white people converge and retreat, rub against and bump into one another.

Ultimately, Give My Love to the Savages is the story of America. With biting humor and careful honesty, Stuck riffs on the dichotomy of love and barbarity—the yin and yang of racial experience—and the difficult and uncertain terrain Black Americans must navigate in pursuit of their desires.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Give My Love to the Savages: Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063029972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad - July 6th, 2021