An Evening with Jim Miller and his Re-Released Novel "Drift"

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Drift exposes the hollowness of a city’s boom years.

Join author Jim Miller for a lively book talk and discussion of his re-released novel Drift (with a new preface).  Alienated, underemployed professor and aspiring poet, Joe Blake roams San Diego in his own personal disquiet and discovers that agony and ecstasy co-exist all around him. He falls in love with Theresa Sanchez, a single mother cultivating her own garden of doubts. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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Drift explores San Diego's buried history and gentrifying urban space. Originally published in 2007, it documents the growing class divide and real-world consequences of our city's relentless theme-parking and tourist boosterism along with the disregard for our marginalized populations in a way that emphasizes the humanity of the dispossessed. Depicting the sex, drugs, and death found in the borderlands, Drift portrays a city where cultures sometimes clash but more often pass one another almost wholly unaffected.

Jim Miller is the author of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See with Kelly Mayhew and Mike Davis and other well-received works. He has published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and has a weekly column in Words and Deeds. Miller teaches English, Humanities and Labor Studies at San Diego City College. For more on Miller and his work visit his blogpost HERE.

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