Simeon Marsalis, As Lie Is To Grin ($16.95, Paperback, Catapult, 9781936787593), Oct. 10, 2017
Simeon Marsalis’s debut, A Lie Is To Grin, has captured Duende District’s crown for this Fall’s best novel with his lyrical voice and fresh take on the coming-of-age story. The University of Vermont is the backdrop for narrator David as he navigates his way through being black on a white college campus. The fact that he chose the alma mater of his former girlfriend’s grandfather, along with a singular lie he first told her about who he was, twists his journey toward unraveling his true identity.
He will be in conversation with local storyteller & survivor activist Shanon Lee!