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MTC Reads 2021: A Civil Rights Collection

This guide includes supplemental resources for readers to explore the themes of MTC Reads book selections: Driving While Black, Lovecraft Country, and Stories of Struggle

About Matt Ruff

Matt Ruff is a fiction writer from New York City and a graduate of Cornell University's English program. He has written seven novels, of which a few have won awards. His sixth novel, Lovecraft Country has been adapted as an HBO series by Misha Green, Jordan Peele, and J.J. Abrams.

In Lovecraft Country, the critically celebrated novelist renders the horrors of daily life in 1954 Jim Crow America real along with its lasting effects in his imaginative meld of historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror. Matt Ruff creates a "bridge between paranormal horror and the horrors of racism" (“Lovecraft Country”).

Articles About Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country, HBO Series Official Trailer

Based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams).

Works Cited

“Lovecraft Country author: ‘I needed a bridge between paranormal horror and the horrors of racism’.” The Independent, 17 Aug. 2020,


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