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RED CLAY SUZIE | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation
February 12 @ 6:00 pm EST
Join us to discuss storytelling inspired by true events growing up in the Deep South.
Author Jeffrey Lofton writes the coming-of-age story of Philbet, a gay, physically-misshapen boy in rural Georgia, who battles bullying, ignorance, and disdain as he makes his way in life as an outsider—before finding acceptance in unlikely places.
Fueled by tomato sandwiches and green milkshakes, and obsessed with cars, Philbet struggles with life and love as a gay boy in rural Georgia. He’s happiest when helping Grandaddy dig potatoes from the vegetable garden that connects their houses. But Philbet’s world is shattered and his resilience shaken by events that crush his innocence and sense of security; expose his misshapen chest skillfully hidden behind shirts Mama makes at home; and convince him that he’s not fit to be loved by Knox, the older boy he idolizes to distraction. Over time, Philbet finds refuge in unexpected places and inner strength in unexpected ways, leading to a resolution in the form of a letter from beyond the grave.
Jefferey will join the Busboys stage to celebrate and discuss their new release. They will be joined in conversation by Clay Smith. This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of RED CLAY SUZIE will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event will not be livestreamed.
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