“In measured, lucid prose, Coffin writes of fight night scenes and of the insecurity of angry young men. . .This is a powerful, wonderfully written exploration of one’s sense of manhood.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Roughhouse Friday is one of the most convincing memoirs I have read tracking the mysterious course of an obsession…It’s a touching document, candid, utterly convincing in its myriad details of American manhood . ” ―Joyce Carol Oates
Roughhouse Friday is as bare and intimate a rendering of masculinity, of young adulthood, of being human as I have ever read. This is a fearless and exquisite work of art.” ―Lily King, author of the New York Times bestseller Euphoria
“…A fascinating personal journey that takes place within the boundaries of makeshift, ragtag boxing rings. Beautifully written throughout, with a heartfelt, realistic conclusion.”
                                                                           — Booklist

“Jaed Coffin’s book is an adventure and coming-of-age story but also an intimate meditation on masculinity and violence, on using the ring to sort out questions of identity, purpose, and anger. Roughhouse Friday puts the fight back into growing up.” ―Ted Conover, author of Coyotes and Newjack
EVENTS
June 18          Print Bookstore                                  Portland, Maine    7pm

June 19          Water Street Books                           Exeter, NH             7pm 

June 25          Stonecoast Writers Conference      Freeport, ME         7pm 

June 26          Portland Public Library                     Portland, ME         noon   

June 28          Kettle Pond Writer’s Conference     Paul Smith, NY      7pm

July 13            Northshire Books                               Manchester, VT     7pm

July 16            Westbrook Memorial Library           Westbrook, ME      7pm

Sept. 8             Slice Literary Conference                Brooklyn, NY           4pm

Sept. 13          TEDx: Making of an American        Portsmouth, NH     (TBD) 

Nov. 13           Colby College                                     Waterville, ME         5pm

Feb. 27            University of Maine Farmington    Farmington, ME      7pm


Jaed Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants. A regular contributor to Down East Magazine, his essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Nautilus, Jezebel, The Sun, and many other publications. He’s been a featured speaker at TEDx and Moth Radio Hour, as well as a guest at over twenty colleges and universities. Jaed teaches creative writing at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters. 

speaking etc.: jaedcoffin@gmail.com
publicity:  fsg.publicity@fsgbooks.com

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