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Robert Lashley Book Launch

08/31/2023 - 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the release of the debut novel of Robert Lashley. He will be joined  by Omar Wiley. I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer is an epistolary novel telling the story of a young Black student navigating campus politics, community tensions, and his own guilt over his past life as a drug runner. He finds space for atonement working at a beauty salon, but as scandal erupts fate takes a haunting, complex turn that encompasses radical politics, sexism, and racism. Drawing from Native Son, The Stranger, and The Sorrows Of Young Werther, I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer is a protest novel that breaks every rule of protest novels and is a ferocious, irreverent, yet compassionate read.

Robert Lashley was a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and a nominee of a Stranger Genius Award. His books include Green River Valley (Blue Cactus Press, 2021), Up South (Small Doggies Press, 2017), and The Homeboy Songs (Small Doggies Press, 2014). His poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Poetry Northwest, McSweeney’s, and The Cascadia Review, among others. In 2019, Entropy Magazine named The Homeboy Songs one of the 25 essential books to come out of Seattle. I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer is his first novel.




Event address: 
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Up South By Robert Lashley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984874491
Availability: Special Order
Published: Small Doggies Press - March 28th, 2017