VIRTUAL EVENT: Mateo Askaripour

Wednesday, March 10th at 7PM EST
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Join us for an evening with instant New York Times bestselling author and Long Island Native, Mateo Askaripour as he speaks about his debut novel, Black Buck with his childhood friend and Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, Gow Mosby Jr.

This event is free and open to the public. Register here!

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New York Times Bestseller 
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.”
—Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys

“A hilarious, gleaming satire as radiant as its author. Askaripour has announced himself as a major talent of the school of Ralph Ellison, Paul Beatty, Fran Ross, and Ishmael Reed. Full of quick pacing, frenetic energy, absurd—yet spot on—twists and turns, and some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read, this novel is both balm and bomb.”
—Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

MATEO ASKARIPOUR’s work aims to empower people of color to seize opportunities for advancement, no matter the obstacle. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and elsewhere. His debut novel BLACK BUCK was an instant New York Times bestseller and a Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @AskMateo. 

GOW MOSBY JR. was born and raised in Bellport, N.Y. He graduated from the University at Albany and went on to work for the New York State Assembly and then a law firm. Driven by a passion for helping others and his own experiences, Gow attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, and held internships in media and federal law. Gow currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y and practices law as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, but he will always have Long Island in his heart.

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ISBN: 9780358380887
Availability: Available and Ships as Soon as Possible.
Published: Mariner Books - January 5th, 2021

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:00pm
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