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Reading Sean Jackson: Haw

When: Sat., July 18 2015

READING SEAN JACKSON: HAW

SATURDAY, JULY 18, CARRBORO

LOOKING GLASS CAFE—"The nuke is all that keeps central North Carolina valuable to the government," says the narrator of Sean Jackson's new novel, Haw. "Without it, civilization here would end—like it has ended elsewhere in the country." Jackson's dark, spare near-apocalyptic novel, which came out in June from Harvard Square Editions, is earning strong early notices for its tale of a father and son trying to survive in a world ruined by industrial contamination. The novel is of special interest for North Carolinians. Jackson was born in Raleigh and, after years living in northeastern North Carolina, moved to Cary several years ago. In Haw, the action begins and ends in Raleigh, and local readers will recognize settings such as the Haw River and the Bynum Bridge. The state government is the story's villain. "In this near-future, the Haw River and Jordan Lake are contaminated beyond fixing," Jackson tells the INDY. "To be honest, the state legislature's 2013 session began so merciless and volatile that it spawned my desire to write this book." Looking Glass Cafe hosts Jackson's release reading, where the book will be on sale. 8 p.m., free,

601 W. Main St., Carrboro, 919-967-9398,

www.facebook.com/hawnovel. —Brian Howe

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