One of the most exciting debuts of 2019, Lot by Bryan Washington has been described as “the confession of a neighbourhood, channelled through a literary prodigy” by Loving Day author Mat Johnson. Set in sprawling Houston, its interrelated short stories unfold around the son of a black mother and Latino father, who is working in his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows and discovering he likes boys. Peter Polites joins Bryan to discuss this viscerally drawn collection that vibrates with energy, wit and longing.
Bryan Washington (International)
Bryan Washington has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Tin House, BuzzFeed, Bon Appétit, GQ, Vulture, FADER, The Awl, Catapult, and MUNCHIES. His debut collection of stories, Lot, is set in his hometown of Houston and is “the confession of a neighbourhood, channelled through a literary prodigy” (Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym).
Peter Polites (Australian)
Peter Polites is a novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel, a satire of gay aspirations, The Pillars, will be out in 2019.