Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite will read from their controversial new novel, DELIVER US, which features Amazon, Detroit, race politics, and drone delivery. Jeff Bezos is even a character in the book.
Amanda Knox will host the event and moderate the Q&A. Her experience with controversy, competing narratives, and commitment to racial justice in the Innocence Movement will provide a framework for discussing this provocative book.
And comedian Jack Ballard will open the event with some Amazonian jokes!
Comically absurd and painfully real, DELIVER US is a prescient and provocative literary novel that moves swiftly through near-future Detroit as a black social-media activist leads a campaign against Amazon, whose new fleet of delivery drones offers rebirth to the blighted city while threatening to magnify existing racial inequalities.
Robinson & Kovite’s last novel, WAR OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS (Scribner, 2015) was critically acclaimed. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it “Spirited…a captivating coming-of-age novel that is, by turns, funny and sad and elegiac.”
Reading starts at 7pm, May 25th. Come support Elliott Bay Book Company, and help foster a discussion of Amazon’s relationship with racial and economic inequality.