RED CLAY SUZIE | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

RED CLAY SUZIE | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Date and Time

Feb 12, 2023 6:00 pm

Location

450K

450 K St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20001

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RED CLAY SUZIE | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Join us to discuss storytelling inspired by true events growing up in the Deep South.

Author Jeffrey Lofton writes the coming-of-age story of Philbet, a gay, physically-misshapen boy in rural Georgia, who battles bullying, ignorance, and disdain as he makes his way in life as an outsider—before finding acceptance in unlikely places.

Fueled by tomato sandwiches and green milkshakes, and obsessed with cars, Philbet struggles with life and love as a gay boy in rural Georgia. He’s happiest when helping Grandaddy dig potatoes from the vegetable garden that connects their houses. But Philbet’s world is shattered and his resilience shaken by events that crush his innocence and sense of security; expose his misshapen chest skillfully hidden behind shirts Mama makes at home; and convince him that he’s not fit to be loved by Knox, the older boy he idolizes to distraction. Over time, Philbet finds refuge in unexpected places and inner strength in unexpected ways, leading to a resolution in the form of a letter from beyond the grave.

Jefferey will join the Busboys stage to celebrate and discuss their new release. They will be joined in conversation by Clay Smith. This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of RED CLAY SUZIE will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event will not be livestreamed.

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Jeffrey Lofton hails from Warm Springs, Georgia, best known as the home of Roosevelt’s Little White House. He calls the nation’s capital home now and has for over three decades. During those early years he spent many a night trodding the boards of DC’s theaters and performing arts centers, including the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and Studio Theatre. He even scored a few television screen appearances, including a residuals-rich Super Bowl halftime commercial, which his accountant quipped “is the finest work of your career.”

Ultimately he stepped away from acting for other, more traditional work, including providing communications counsel to landscape architects and helping war veterans tell their stories to add richness and nuance to historical accounts. At the same time, he focused on pursuing post-graduate work, ultimately being awarded Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Library and Information Science.

Today, he is a senior advisor at the Library of Congress, surrounded by books and people who love books—in short, paradise.

Clay Smith is the literary director at the Library of Congress. He’s the former literary director of the Texas Book Festival, the San Antonio Book Festival and the former editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews. 

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