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T. Geronimo Johnson’s Hold It ‘Til It Hurts

Welcome to Late Night Debut! This month we feature T. Geronimo Johnson’s debut novel, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, published in 2012 by Coffee House Press. Johnson’s narrative follows Achilles, a black Afghanistan veteran in search of his lost brother amid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. ZYZZYVA Magazine called it an “odyssey through wartime America and an eventually devastated New Orleans. [Johnson’s] ability to precisely describe the depths of a young man inoculated against both love and violence shocks us, again and again.”

Act One: Host Paul Martone covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news
Act Two: Co-hosts Michael Copperman and Heather Ryan discuss Johnson’s debut
Act Three: Steven Clauw, Late Night Library’s Communications Director, talks with Anitra Budd, Managing Editor at Coffee House Press

Click here for Steven Clauw’s interview with T. Geronimo Johnson.

I think we should take a second to just note the ambition of this novel…how much it takes on about the last decade is amazing and mostly carried off in a tour de force fashion. —Michael Copperman

Listen here…


About T. Geronimo Johnson:

T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. His fiction and poetry has appeared in Best New American VoicesIndiana ReviewLA Review, and Illuminations, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Johnson teaches writing at University of California–Berkeley.



About our co-hosts:

Michael Copperman’s work has been featured in The Sun, The Oxford-American, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Copper Nickel, Unsaid, Post Road and Southword, among others. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, the Oregon Arts Council, Literary Arts, and Breadloaf Writers Conference. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America, and his memoir-in-progress, Gone, concerns that experience.


Heather Ryan writes fiction and non-fiction, and her work has appeared on NPR and Salon.  She also writes for money, and her work has appeared in technical manuals, online education sites, and even in the office of a Malibu plastic surgeon.  Her graphic novel The Imaginarium—about what happens when a teenage boy descends into the dark, fairy-tale world of schizophrenia—is forthcoming in 2013.  She expects to finish her memoir Now Entering America in 2013.  She teaches at Lane Community College, and is a single parent to three kids.


Thanks for listening, and most of all, for reading.


Posted on: March 31, 2013 · Homepage, Late Night Debut, Podcasts ·Tags: , .

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