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Michael Nye: All the Castles Burned


In conversation with Melissa Scholes Young

When Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy, the mysterious and enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy and powerful family, befriends him. Their friendship, deepened through a love of basketball, becomes an obsession for Owen, who is desperate to avoid the growing trouble at home between his parents. When Owen's father is arrested for a shocking and unexpected crime, his family is torn apart, and Owen's anger and fear are carefully manipulated by Carson's mercurial and increasingly dangerous personality. Owen, who has fallen in love with Carson's beautiful but troubled sister, quickly finds himself caught up in a complex web of lies that threatens his once-promising future.

Michael Nye will be joined in conversation by Melissa Scholes Young, author of Flood, and a teacher at American University. 

Michael Nye is the author of two books: the story collection Strategies Against Extinction and the novel All the Castles Burned. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review, Lit Hub, and the Normal School, among many others. A former resident of Tenleytown, he and his wife currently live in Columbus, Ohio.

600 H St NE, Washington, DC 2002

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