Almond Bad StoriesDate & Time: April 14 at 7 PM
Location: Longfellow Books, Portland

On the heels of his New York Times bestseller Against Football, award-winning author Steve Almond has tackled a subject even more American than football: America itself.

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country? is, in Almond’s words “an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism.”

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, writes “I started reading your book hours ago and I couldn’t stop until I finished and now it’s 1:30 a.m. (dammit!). IT IS SO FUCKING GOOD. Bad Stories is among the very few things that have made sense to me when it comes to this damn election. It’s depressing as hell, but also somehow consoling too.”

On April 14, Almond visits Maine for a rollicking conversation about his new book with in conversation with Maine State Representative Ryan Fecteau at Longfellow Books.


Almond Author PhotoAlmond is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart PrizeBest American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.

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The MWPA is proud to co-host Almond’s Maine reading with Longfellow Books.
This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.