Barrett Swanson, author of Lost in Summerland: Essays, in conversation with Steven Wright - a virtual event
Barrett Swanson’s essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, and his work has been anthologized two editions of The Best American Travel Writing. Boswell is excited to celebrate the celebration of Swanson's Lost in Summerland, a personal quest across the United States to uncover what it means to be an American amid the swirl of our post-truth climate.
A trip with his brother to a New York psychic community becomes a rollicking tour through the world of American spiritualism. At a wilderness retreat in Ohio, men seek a cure for toxic masculinity, while in the hinterlands of Wisconsin, anti-war veterans turn to farming when they cannot sustain the heroic myth of service. And when his best friend’s body washes up on the shores of the Mississippi River, he falls into the gullet of true crime discussion boards, exploring the stamina of conspiracy theories along the cankered byways of the Midwest.
For this event, Swanson will be in conversation with Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. He also teaches at UW-Madison’s creative writing program and is the author of The Coyotes of Carthage. Purchase your copy of Lost in Summerland at https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9781640094185.