June 30, 2021

Kevin M. McIntosh

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Pushcart Prize–nominated writer KEVIN M. MCINTOSH for a discussion of his debut novel, Class Dismissed. He will be joined in conversation by bestselling novelist JANE HAMILTON, author of The Book of RuthA Map of the World, and The Excellent Lombards.

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STUDENT GIVES TEACHER THE FINGER screams the Post headline after Patrick Lynch slams his classroom door on the hand of Josh Mishkin, the learning-disabled son of two NYU professors. Josh’s injury casts Patrick, thirty-year-old son of the Midwest, down a New York City rabbit hole of Board of Ed bureaucracy and union politics.

Transformed into an unwilling celebrity by his fellow inmates in that teacher purgatory, the Rubber Room, Mr. Lynch is suddenly more “at risk” than any of his students. Now he must fight his way back to his classroom at Marcus Garvey High School and reclaim the affections of his social worker fiancée, all while wrestling the legend of his late father, Superintendent Lynch, the pride of Peterson’s Prairie, Minnesota. Written with pathos and wit, Class Dismissed offers a fresh lens on the urban teacher tale, an intimate view of teaching and learning that reveals how the tensions—and absurdities—of inner-city education can lead a young teacher to a surprising path of self-discovery and a belated coming-of-age.

About Author(s)

Kevin M. McIntosh’s short stories have appeared in the American Literary ReviewBeloit Fiction JournalChicago TribuneJabberwock ReviewPotomac Review, and have been nominated for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. He has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and Blue Mountain Center, and is a thirty-year veteran of public school teaching in Oakland, New York City, and Greater Boston. He lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Jane Hamilton’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, have been international bestsellers, and two of them, The Book of Ruth, and A Map of The World, were selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, and various magazines and anthologies. Through the years she’s taught at Carleton College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and given numerous workshops. She lives in Wisconsin on an apple orchard with her family.