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Jonathan Evison


The Book Catapult proudly welcomes back bestselling author Jonathan Evison for his new novel, Again and Again on Sunday, November 12 at 5pm! 

Geno is living out his final days in a nursing home, bored, curmudgeonly, and struggling to connect with his nursing assistant, Angel, who he sees as being different from him in every way possible, and unable to understand him in any way. Perhaps no one really can, since he's been saying that he’s not just Geno—in fact, he’s lived many past lives, dating back 1000 years, and since that first life in Seville, Spain, he has been searching for the love of his life he met then and only one other time since. Is this possible—was his life a miraculous one that let him live, again and again? Or is he crazy, or lonely, rehearsing larger-than-life fantasies to get through the day? As Angel comes to learn the truth about Geno, so do we, and as Geno’s story comes to a head so does the biggest truth of all: that his story is an expansive ode to love—love we have had and lost, love we wish we had but didn’t, and the love that might be staring us right in the face, that we don’t even know we’re lucky enough to have.

Indie favorite author Jonathan Evison has had an unusual year. As his 2022 novel, Small World, released to major critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review called it “ambitious” and “easy to love” and Booklist hailed it as “the quintessential Great American Novel”), his name was also in the national conversation for a very different reason: book banning. Last year, Evison’s widely beloved 2018 book, Lawn Boy, swiftly became one of the most banned books in the United States, alongside classics like The Kite Runner, and The Bluest Eye. In the midst of the controversy, Evison has remained firm in his defense of books and his support for librarians, booksellers, and readers. In an interview with USA Today he said, “In this political climate and this divisive, tribal world we live in now, we can’t take these freedoms for granted.” Evison is the author of the novels Small World; All About Lulu; West of Here; The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving; This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!; Lawn Boy; and Legends of the North Cascades. He visited The Book Catapult for Lawn Boy way back in April 2018. He lives with his wife and family in Washington State. 


Date: 11/12/2023
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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San Diego, CA 92104
United States