An Evening with Danny Cherry Jr.
January 22, 2024 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us Monday, January 22nd at 6 pm for an evening with Danny Cherry Jr. to celebrate the release of his book, Pike Boys.
This event is free and open to the public.
It’s 1920 New Orleans and Jesse Pike is slowly ascending the New Orleans upper-class social scene. He’s the owner of the most popular brothel in the entire city, and rubs shoulders with businessmen, corrupt politicians, and stage stars alike. He’s also the leader of a violent street gang that pulled off the biggest heist of liquor since the beginning of prohibition. Jesse sets up a scheme to sell the booze, and use the profits to help him start a legitimate business. However, several obstacles get in his way: Clyde, the mentally disturbed oldest Pike sibling, is released from prison and takes issue with how Jesse runs things; Jesse’s aging mentor refuses to let him leave behind crime; and an overzealous young DA decides to reopen an investigation into liquor heist to increase his chances of being elected mayor. Jesse is forced to make a decision: does he walk away from a life of crime and his family forever? Or will he continue down the road of violence that has begun to erode his psyche, much as it has Clyde’s?
“The Pike Boys” has all the thrills, plot twists, and quick pace of conventional gangster fiction, with the heart, depth, and nuance of a literary novel. In between the shootouts, violence, and debauchery, there is the overarching question of “can people actually change?” The reader will see that the answer is not so simple–especially when you live in a place like New Orleans.
By day, Danny Cherry Jr. is a Customer Service Representative and caffeine-addled office-drone with an MBA. But by night, he writes political and personal essays; novels; narrative nonfiction; and short stories. He has written for Buzzfeed News, Politico, The Daily Beast, and more; and fiction for Apex Magazine, Fiyah Lit Mag, amongst others. His story “Brief Life Story of Lila” (published originally by Fiyah Lit Mag and reprinted by Apex Magazine) was added to the Locus Magazine recommended reading list for 2022, as well as the BEST AMERICAN SCI-FI & FANTASY 2023 notable stories list.
Follow him on social media @ Twitter (X), TikTok, Instagram, and BlueSky @ DeeCherryWriter, and subscribe to his (very infrequent) newsletter @ bigeasypress.substack.com to keep up with his short-form work, as well as get updates on his books, and book promotions!