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Conversation // Jon Raymond & Mattathias Schwartz

02/12/2017 06:00 PM

@ Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW

Conversation // Jon Raymond & Mattathias Schwartz

Join us for a dazzling and delightful conversation with Jon Raymond and Mattathias Schwartz!

Jon Raymond is the author of two novels, Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, and the short-story collection Livability. His work has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, and other places. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Mattathias Schwartz reports on national security for The Intercept. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a former staff writer at the New Yorker. His 2011 investigation into the extradition of Christopher Coke won the Livingston Award for
international journalism. He founded the Philadelphia Independent, a broadsheet newspaper, and served as editor and publisher for its 21-issue run.

The Singers are an all-American family, and they’re about to lose everything. Anne, who works in the Los Angeles Office of Sustainability, finds herself caught in a shady business deal for recycling wastewater. Her teenage son, Aaron, can’t decide between college and a road trip to Mexico, but his plans are derailed by Singer patriarch Grandpa Sam, whose untold experience of the Holocaust is revealed when he enlists Aaron's help in retrieving some gold coins from a safe-deposit box in Oakland. Anne’s brother, Ben, a former Navy SEAL, returns from Afghanistan disillusioned and struggling with PTSD, and starts down a path toward a radical act of violence—one that changes the family’s course forever.

In Freebird, the narratives converge and expand as Oregon Book Award-winner Jon Raymond explores political, environmental, and ethical dilemmas particular to our contemporary moment and reveals how the fates of our families are irrevocably tied to the currents of history.

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