By Andrew Bales
Bret Anthony Johnston has the distinction of being among the few writers occupying that slim but coveted slice of the Venn diagram: creative writing directors who have also been pro skateboarders. His latest work, Remember Me Like This, is a quiet and rich novel centered around a teenage boy named Justin who is returned to his family four years after his kidnapping. The story cycles through the perspectives of his parents, younger brother, and grandfather. Their experiences stitch together a gorgeous portrait of South Texas, pulling together lives spent at skate parks, marine labs, and pawn shops—lives bound by the looming unknowns of Justin’s captivity.
Johnston’s will speak about and read from the novel this Tuesday, September 9, at BookPeople in Austin. The event begins at 7 p.m. He was kind enough to talk with us in advance of his visit about his writing process, the virtues of bulletin boards, and his experiences with a clown convention in Houston. [...]