Paul Mendez in conversation with Brandon Taylor

June 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Paul Mendez to celebrate the release of his debut novel, Rainbow Milk. He will be joined in conversation by Brandon Taylor.

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Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings calls the book, “The kind of novel you never knew you were waiting for." Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other, says, "When did you last read a novel about a young, black, gay, Jehovah's Witness man from Wolverhampton who flees his community to make his way in London as a prostitute? This might be a debut, but Mendez is an exciting, accomplished, and daring storyteller with a great ear for dialogue. Graphic erotica alert! Don't read this book if you like your fiction cozy and middle-of-the-road."

Paul Mendez was born and raised in the Black Country. He now lives in London and is studying for an M.A. in Black British Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a performing member of two theatre companies, and worked as a voice actor, appearing on audiobooks by Andrea Levy, Paul Theroux and Ben Okri, most recently recording Ian Wright's A Life in Football for Hachette Audio. As a writer, he has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and the Brixton Review of BooksRainbow Milk is his debut novel.

Brandon Taylor is the author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is the senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow. His story collection, Filthy Animals, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in June 2021.