Andre Dubus III presents his new essay collection "Ghost Dogs"

On April 12th from 7pm to 9pm, Andre Dubus III will be joining us at Jabberwocky for a live reading of his new book "Ghost Dogs".


During childhood summers in Louisiana, Andre’s grandfather taught him that men’s work is hard. As an adult, whether tracking down a drug lord in Mexico as a bounty hunter or grappling with privilege while living with a rich girlfriend in New York City, Andre worked—at being a better worker and a better human being.

In Ghost Dogs, Dubus’s nonfiction prowess is on full display in his retelling of his own successes, failures, triumphs, and pain. In his longest essay, “If I Owned a Gun,” Dubus reflects on the empowerment and shame he felt in keeping a gun, and his decision, ultimately, to give it up. Elsewhere, he writes of violent youth and of settled domesticity and fatherhood; about the omnipresent expectations and contradictions of masculinity; about the things writers remember and those they forget. Drawing upon kindred literary spirits from Rilke to Rumi to Tim O’Brien, Ghost Dogs renders moments of personal revelation with emotional generosity and stylistic grace, ultimately standing as essential witness and testimony to the art of the essay.


“Dubus's idea of an essay is tantalizingly simple: tell something important that happened -- to him: suddenly having big money and not knowing quite how to cope with that; about loving his long-divorced parents; about growing up poor and outlasting it; about not loving his dog as much as he worries he should. Here is human life cloaked often in transporting mystery. Dubus possesses a rare and empathetic brilliance.” -- Richard Ford

"Andre Dubus III is a literary treasure. These tender, elegant essays come to us directly from his battered heart, his noble soul, his powerful reckoning with the legacy of his childhood.  To read this book is to touch the pulsing core of what it is to be human.” -- Dani Shapiro, author of Signal Fires


Andre Dubus III’s nine books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Such Kindness, was published in June 2023, and a collection of personal essays, Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin, arrived in March 2024. He is also the editor of Reaching Inside: 50 Acclaimed Authors on 100 Unforgettable Short Stories, (Godine, 2023.)

Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Event date: 
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Jabberwocky Bookshop
50 Water St #22
Newburyport, MA 01950
Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324000440
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 5th, 2024

Such Kindness By III Dubus, Andre Cover Image
ISBN: 9798885792011
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Published: Thorndike Press Large Print - October 5th, 2023