Willy Vlautin reading on April 12
Join us for an evening with Willy Vlautin at 6pm on April 12, 2018. Aside from Willy's new novel Don't Skip Out on Me (which is the central focus of this event), Vlautin will also be discussing Lean on Pete--a novel he published in 2010 which is now a major motion picture, released in theaters in the United States on March 30.
About Don't Skip Out on Me:
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. Publishing for the first time in hardcover, award-winning author Willy Vlautin follows in the footsteps of his earlier beloved novels, delivering another emotionally raw tale of a tragic and beautiful life. His most recent novel, The Free, was a #1 Indie Next pick, and the movie adaptation of his 2010 novel Lean on Pete—which debuted at this year’s Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim—will be released nationwide on February 16, 2018. Vlautin’s band Richmond Fontaine has created a soundtrack, which is included on CD here and will be available for download with finished books, that perfectly evokes the spirit and setting of this stunning and heartbreaking new novel.
In this powerful novel, Vlautin writes about characters whose big dreams and plans are often stunted by fate and circumstance, but who've managed to find a way to push through, bruised but with hard-won wisdom. Young Horace Hopper is half-Irish, half-Paiute Indian, and he has spent most of his life as a ranch hand. While herding sheep in the stark, isolated mountains near Tonopah, Nev., Hopper listens to heavy metal music and struggles with the shame of being abandoned by his parents. Hopper's guardian, the aging rancher Eldon Reese, suffers crippling back pain and faces an uncertain future as his way of life becomes less and less tenable. Reese and his wife love Hopper dearly and consider him a son, but the young man soon leaves for Tucson to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Hopper, now calling himself "Hector Hidalgo," finds a washed-up trainer and manages to get some fights throughout the Southwest and Mexico. A series of injuries, however, soon threaten to derail his career before it's really off the ground. In this excellent novel, Vlautin's reverence for the land recalls writers such as Jim Harrison and John Steinbeck.
"Willy Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing... An unsentimental Steinbeck, a heartbroken Haruf, Willy Vlautin tells us who really lives now in our America, our city in ruins." —Ursula K. Le Guin
“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, author of This is Your Life, Harriet Chance and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.
About the author:
Willy Vlautin is the author of The Free, Lean on Pete, Northline, and The Motel Life. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of the band The Delines. He lives outside Portland, Oregon. For more on Willy Vlautin, visit: http://www.willyvlautin.com