The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
and The University Club invite you to a
Q&A Lunch Reception
Friday, November 12th
Michael Thomas’ debut novel, Man Gone Down was selected as one of the Times Book Review’s top five novels of the year, as well as a New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book, and went on to win the 2009 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The IMPAC Dublin Award is often described as “the largest and most international” literary prize in the world after the Nobel. It is open to fiction written in any language, with nominations made by libraries; in the 2009 competition, 157 libraries in 41 different countries offered 146 candidates.
About Man Gone Down, Donna Seaman wrote, “Thomas has written a rhapsodic and piercing post-9/11 lament over aggression, greed, and racism, and a ravishing blues for the soul’s unending loneliness.” Man Gone Down received a stellar review on the cover of the New York Times Book Review: “Thomas knows how the odds are stacked in America. He knows the unlikelihood of successful black fatherhood. He knows that things are set up to keep the Other poor and the poor in their place. More than anything else, he knows how little but also—fortunately—how much it can take to bring a man down.