Monday, Feb 18, 2019 7:00 PM
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Mississippi native and Atlanta resident Snowden Wright introduces us to an unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company. "American Pop" is an epic saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy set against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.
Wright's refreshing prose is the official selection of our February Writers at the Wrecking Bar literary salon. Hundreds of Atlantans have enjoyed a book-inspired drink and a smile at the Wrecking Bar since our monthly fiction series debuted in 2016.
Alison Law, host of the Literary Atlanta podcast, will interview the author live in front of the Wrecking Bar audience.
Since Wright's other novel "Play Pretty Blues" is a reimagining of famous bluesman Robert Johnson's life story, we've invited Atlanta blues artist Mudcat to perform a live set beginning at 7 p.m.
About the Book
The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always hungered for more—from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his father’s drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, Annabelle Teague, a true Southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, the Panola Cola Company, and entice a youthful, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age.
As the heads of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation they’ll one day become world leaders. The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War. His younger siblings Ramsey and Lance, known as the “infernal twins,” are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others. Their brother Harold, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, is slowed by a mental disability—and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, forcing Houghton to seriously consider: who should control the company after he’s gone?
A tour de force of original storytelling, American Pop is an irresistible blend of fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s words, “families are always rising and falling in America,” and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory—and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may pre-order a signed copy (live link coming soon).
About the Author
Snowden Wright, born and raised in Mississippi, has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. His small press debut, Play Pretty Blues, was the recipient of the 2012 Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.