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Lucas Mann

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Join us as we celebrate the publication of Providence author Lucas Mann's third book, Captive Audience, an intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a mediation on reality TV and what it means to live an authentic life. 


In Lucas Mann's trademark vein — fiercely intelligent, self-deprecating, brilliantly observed, idiosyncratic, personal, funny, and infuriating — Captive Audience is an appreciation of reality television wrapped inside a love letter to his wife, with whom he shares the guilty pleasure of watching "real" people bare their souls in search of celebrity.  Captive Audience resides at the intersection of popular culture with the personal; the exhibitionist impulse, with the schadenfreude of the vicarious, and in confronting some of our most suspect impulses achieves a heightened sense of what it means to live an authentic life and what it means to love a person.

Lucas Mann was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa. His previous books include Lord Fear: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Miami Herald, Paper MagazineLargehearted Boy, and Oprah.com, and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by The San Francisco Chronicle. He has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Artists Foundation, The Wesleyan Writers Conference, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, He teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife.

Earlier Event: May 2
Fiction Book Club
Later Event: May 13
Lindsay Turner + Sawako Nakayasu