Ed Pavlić – Reading and Book Launch: “Another Kind of Madness”

Ed Pavlić’s first novel, Another Kind of Madness, will be published by Milkweed Editions in March 2019. Widely published as a poet, Pavlić is the author of the collection Visiting Hours at the Color Line, winner of the 2013 National Poetry Series, as well as several others, including Live at the Bitter End: A Trial by Opera, Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno, and Let It Be Broke (forthcoming in 2020). His critical work includes ‘Who Can Afford to Improvise?’: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners and Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Literary Culture. Pavlić is Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Georgia.

This book release reception and reading is presented by the Willson Center, the Creative Writing Program, and the department of English, in partnership with Avid Bookshop.

About Another Kind of Madness:

Ndiya Grayson returns to her childhood home of Chicago as a young professional, but even her high-end job in a law office can’t protect her from half-repressed memories of childhood trauma. One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, she goes out and meets her equal and opposite: Shame Luther, a no-nonsense construction worker by day and a self-taught piano player by night. The love story that ensues propels them on an unforgettable journey from Chicago’s South Side to the coast of Kenya as they navigate the turbulence of long-buried pasts and an uncertain future. A stirring story tuned to the clash between soul musicʼs vision of our essential responsibility to each other and a world that breaks us down and tears us apart, Another Kind Of Madness is an indelible tale of human connection.

“A full-bodied literary achievement bustling with sweat, regret, and sound.”—Kiese Laymon