Air date: Wednesday, October 10 at 3 PM CST
On this episode of The Lit Show, Jeremy Jackson discusses his memoir I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, a story of the eleventh year of his life, which brought Jackson his first love, the loss of his grandmother, and his sister’s departure for college—seemingly ordinary events that erode his innocence in a way that will never be fully repaired.
Jeremy Jackson is the author of two novels, Life at These Speeds and In Summer. Life at These Speeds was a selection of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, and is currently being developed as a feature film. Jackson is also the author of young adult novels under the name Alex Bradley, and several cookbooks, including The Cornbread Book, which was nominated for a James Beard Award, and A Good Day for a Picnic. He has written about food for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post.
According to Leif Enger, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless is built upon layers of well chosen detail. “The result is like peering through a new lens at a familiar hillside, or walking through the pastures of your childhood and discovering they were bigger, not smaller, than you recall. Bigger, not smaller – now that is the mark of a generous writer.”
A graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jackson lives in Iowa City with his wife and two daughters.
Jeremy Jackson reads from I Will Not Leave You Comfortless