Kris Saknussemm fled America in his 20s, thanks to a "youth of crime and drugs," and a rift with his parents. He spent the next 20-plus years in Australia and the Pacific Islands. But he couldn't escape thoughts of America. He says he wrote about it even more while 12,000 miles away. Kris talks about his latest book on the anti-hero, Reverend America, about finding peace with the homeland, and what it took for him to finally make amends with his own family.
Kris Saknussemm reads March 13 at 7 p.m. at UNLV's Greenspun Hall Auditorium as part of UNLV's Black Mountain Institute.