Cameron University’s Dr. Hardy Jones will present a reading from his first novel, “Every Bitter Thing,” at the Leslie Powell Gallery on Sunday, January 30 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is open to the public at no charge.
“Every Bitter Thing,” published by Black Lawrence press, is the gripping story of Wesley Royal, Jr. Wesley is twelve years old and he wants to believe. He wants to believe that most people in the world are better than his abusive, tyrannical father. He wants to believe that he can be stronger than his mother who quivers under this tyranny. His father wants him to be stronger as well, in body rather than in mind. So Wesley is sent to a local dojo to learn Tae Kwon Do. A predator within the dojo quickly identifies Wesley as a child raised on domestic terror -an easy mark. So begins a coming of age story that is marked by molestation and the ways in which this molestation alters the already troubled father-son relationship.
Jones, an assistant professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, holds a BA in English from Louisiana State University, an MFA from the University of Memphis, and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than 20 journals. His memoir “People of the Good God” was awarded a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in 2001, and in 2006, his essay "Laotian New Year and Its Tradition" was the result of field research for the "New Populations Project" for the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program. He is the Director of Creative Writing at Cameron University.
January 19, 2011