Astral Road Media | Interview with Mitchell Jackson, Author of The Residue Years
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Interview with Mitchell Jackson, Author of The Residue Years

Astral Road Media Founder and PBS Book View Now host and exec producer Rich Fahle interviews author Mitchell Jackson about his semi-autobiographical novel, The Residue Years, at the 2016 AWP Conference and Book Fair.

In the interview, Mitchell discusses his own process of breaking through as a writer, and of the importance of being a part and giving back to the literary community.

Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the ’90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, with a break-out voice that’s nothing less than extraordinary.


The Residue Years switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart.

Honest in its portrayal, with cadences that dazzle, The Residue Years signals the arrival of a writer set to awe.

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