The World Doesn’t Require You

The World Doesn’t Require You

Rion Amilcar Scot

Rion Amilcar Scot

The World Doesn’t Require You  
(Liveright/Norton, 2019)

In one of Esquire's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, fantasy and reality merge in this second collection of short stories set in Scott’s own “Yoknapatawpha-esque” community of Cross River, Maryland. Founded in 1807 as the only community in our country to mount a successful slave revolt, these historical roots remain visible over the decades. Characters include God’s son, David Sherman, a struggling musician; Tyrone, a Ph.D. candidate with a controversial dissertation about a childhood game; and Jim, a submissive robot. With intelligence and a sense of humor, the book explores the themes of religion, violence, justice, and love in the context of our racial history in America.

1:30 PM | Rollins Community Center & Lewes History Museum


Rion Amilcar Scott,
an English professor at Bowie State University with an MFA from George Mason University, won the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction for his short story collection, Insurrections, published in August 2016.