Plume-Penguin, 2016

“Californium comes alive through its obsession with detail—not simply in how precisely Johnson evokes the era and locale, but in how details are vitally important to every single character.”

-Paul Fuhr, The Live Oak Review

“Johnson has written a new rites of passage in the Golden State. The boys in Californium are full of American hope and their reckoning is written with vivid care.”

-Ron Carlson, author of Return to Oakpine

“The only thing I’d add is one more band name: Dowager Orgy.”

 -Denis Johnson, National Book Award-winning author


1888center-logo        October 16, 2016 interview on The How The Why podcast.

Paul          October 3, 2016 interview on Fuhrious with Paul Fuhr podcast.

writer     August 1, 2016 interview with Writers & Readers Magazine.



1.31.18 – Alumni spotlight in K-State English

11.14.17 – Upcoming author event at 2018 SOKY Book Fest

10.13.17 – A music playlist is up for Californium at Largehearted Boy

7.20.17 – Californium reviewed and paired with a beer at Books + Brews

7.3.17 – Californium named a Staff Pick at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR

6.29.17 – Closing in on 100 ratings on Goodreads

10.7.16 – New review of Californium at Like Oak Review


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