Join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00pm, as we welcome award-winning writer Jeff Hobbs, to sign and discuss his book, New York Times bestseller The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League.
When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.
A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. This “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly).
Jeff Hobbs grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He attended Yale University, where he won the Meeker Prize for his writing and the Gardner Millett Award for his running. After graduating with a BA in English language and literature, he spent three years as executive director for the African Rainforest Conservancy. His first novel, The Tourists, was published in 2007 and was a national bestseller. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
We are honored and excited to host this reading, featuring a fantastic up-and-coming author and the book everyone has been talking about! You won’t want to miss this sure-to-be inspiring and thought-provoking event!