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Damned If I Do - In Conversation with Author Percival Everett

  • Thu, 22 Apr 2021
  • 6.30 PM - 7.30 PM









Join us for an early evening in conversation with acclaimed story teller American author Percival Everett.

Everett will discuss his short story collection Damned If I Do, released in the UK for the first time by Influx Press, with Ross Dawson, senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores (LJMU) English.

Everett skewers race, class, identity, surrealism and much more in this exceptional collection. An artist, a cop, a cowboy, several fly fishermen and even a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man ends up in a high-speed chase with the cops after stealing the car that blocks the garbage bin at his apartment building. A stranger gets a job at a sandwich shop and fixes everything in sight: a manual mustard dispenser, a mouthful of crooked teeth, thirty-two parking tickets and a sexual identity problem. Published for the first time in the UK, Damned If I Do is a short story collection from a genius of American storytelling. The book is introduced by critically acclaimed British author, Irenosen Okojie.

Hear the author discuss the crafting of each individual world within a world in this collection and his long career as an established novelist. The event will be chaired by Bluecoat’s Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay and attendees are warmly invited to submit questions for Everett during the event. 

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Tickets are free but a donation is welcome. 

Reviews of Damned If I Do 

‘Original and subtle, canny and soulful – full, too, of sublimely sardonic humour.’

‘A scandalously under-recognized contemporary master.’

The Wall Street Journal

‘Everett displays a intellectual dexterity and formal versatility that few contemporary American writers can match.’

Chicago Tribune

Click here to get your copy of Damned If I do

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Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure, and Glyph. He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Ross Dawson is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is currently writing a book about the representations of academia in literature.

Kit Caless, co-founder and editor of Influx Press says on the occasion of on republishing Percival Everett’s 2004 collection for the first time in the UK in 2021: 

Percival Everett has published many brilliant books in the USA, he's critically adored and considered a genius by many. However, until we got involved only three books of his had ever been published in the UK and the last one was over 15 years ago. I feel that Everett is a unique voice, unafraid, bold and constantly breaking new ground. I'm delighted that we have developed a relationship with Percival and will continue to publish his work in the UK, growing his cult fanbase here and spreading the Everett gospel everywhere we go. 

 This event is presented in partnership with the Research Institute in Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University and Influx Press.

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