Harrison Scott Key will be speaking and signing his new memoir The World’s Largest Man at BookPeople Wednesday, July 22 at 7PM.
The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir is the riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy Blount, Jr.
Harrison Scott Key grew up in Mississippi among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father—a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, “a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.”
Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized—for better and for worse—how much of his old man he’d absorbed.
“Harrison Scott Key’s keen eye for detail and nimble humor make this memoir shine. Leaving no stone unturned, he mines a life’s worth of compl,icated turns involving his family and his wife. Brilliantly penned!” – Jim B.
ABOUT HARRISON SCOTT KEY
Harrison Scott Key is a contributing editor for the Oxford American and a professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. His work has been featured in The Best American Travel Writing and numerous magazines.
“You don’t need to be a hunter or even a man to enjoy this exceptional memoir.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Key’s talent is all his own […] An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Read Harrison’s hilarious Salon article, How to Get Away With Calling Your Wife a Sex Kitten in Print.
Join us when we welcome Harrison tomorrow night at 7PM!