Join us on Women & Chldren First's Crowdcast Channel for the virtual paperback release of Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump. Bump's debut was recently named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2020 and a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020. In addition, Bump was just awarded the 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. For this event, Gabriel will be in conversation with Melissa Faliveno.
In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home.
Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.
Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don’t Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.
Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Melissa Faliveno is a writer, editor, teacher, and Wisconsinite in New York City. Her debut essay collection, TOMBOYLAND, was published by Topple Books in August, and was named by NPR and the New York Public Library as a Best Book of 2020. Her essays and interviews have appeared in Esquire, Paris Review, Bitch, and Ms. Magazine, among others. She has taught creative writing to incarcerated men, high school students, and adults, and is the former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and producer and cohost of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast,