1 – w/ John Vercher

Author John Vercher joins me to talk about his novel Three Fifths, the state of American unrest, the power of literature, and the necessity of hope.

John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

John is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti, the thoughts and opinions page of WBUR Boston. Two of his essays published on race, identity, and parenting were picked up by NPR, and he has appeared on WBUR’s Weekend Edition. His non-fiction work has also appeared in Entropy Magazine, CrimeReads, and Booklist.

John’s debut novel, Three-Fifths, launched September 10th, 2019, from Agora, the diversity-focused imprint of Polis BooksThree-Fifths was chosen as the launch title for the imprint and has received strong advance praise from Kirkus and starred reviews from the Library Journal and Booklist, as well as a cover reveal in Entertainment Weekly online

Three-Fifths was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Chicago Tribune, a Notable Mention in CrimeReads best crime novels of 2019, a Best Debut Novel by CrimeReads, and a Top 10 Crime Fiction Debut by Booklist.

In addition, Three-Fifths has been nominated for:

Rights to Three-Fifths have been sold in France, Japan, Spain, and the U.K.

You can find John on Twitter @jverch75 and on Instagram at johnvercher75.

John’s Inabsolute Mix for Three Fifths.

Longtime visitors to the site have no doubt run into my Inabsolute Mixes (an artform I’m still trying to figure out). I believe that listening and watching things outside of their intended context may hold the power to shift our perspective about not only what we’re consuming, but the rest of the world around us. As such, I started making mixes of Youtube videos that play with audio/visual presentation.

I asked John to create an Inabsolute Mix that he feels is reflective of Three Fifths. I want to thank John for engaging and creating.

Here’s how you can experience it.

Your directions:

  • Push Play on both videos.
  • Mute the second video.
  • Hit “Full Screen” on the second video.
  • Watch the second video while listening to the audio of the first video.


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