Author talk: Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents an evening with David Pratt author of Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High, which Jim Gladstone of Passport Magazine has called “a discomfortingly delicious new novel that reads like a lost John Waters movie.” A book signing and dessert reception will follow the reading.
About the book: Every boy needs an ally who will kill for him. And no boy could have a better ally than Todd Sweeney. When Todd’s best friend, Toby Ragg, is threatened by guidance counselor Ashford Squeers, Todd swings into action. But he swings just a bit too hard. Enter best pal Nellie Lovett, who has very creative ideas for making the mess disappear. But then Fleet High bad boy Ryan Plouf threatens Toby and Nellie. Suddenly, Ryan is missing, too, and local cop Tarron Littey is asking some very inconvenient questions. Meanwhile, Toby’s parents threaten to put him in a gay conversion camp. Can Todd and Nellie save Toby before the cops discover just what happened to Fleet High’s worst? To find out, dig in and devour Todd Sweeney. And yes, it’s okay to use your hands.
About the author: David Pratt is the author of the novel “Bob the Book” (2010, Lambda Literary Award winner,) and a collection of stories, “My Movie” (2012) one of which became the basis for his 2014 novel “Looking After Joey.” His young adult novel, “Wallaçonia,” followed in 2017. In 2018 David founded Hosta Press, which is bringing out his contemporary new adult satire, “Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High.” David has performed his work for the theater at many venues in New York City, including Dixon Place, HERE, the Duplex, the Cornelia Street Cafe and the NY International Fringe Festival. In 2018 collaborated with Michigan artist Nicholas Williams on a performance piece, “TIME,” at the Forge in Detroit.
Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. No alcohol will be served.