Tucson Festival of Books

Paul R Justison

Paul Justison dropped out of high school in Tucson in 1966 and fled to Haight-Ashbury, spending most of the next two years there and in Marin engaging in all the pleasures and follies that magical time had to offer. After the sixties ended, he went to college, started a career, and raised a family. He has been published in The Rumpus, Fiction on the Web, Flash Fiction Magazine, and The Gambler Mag.  

‚Äč His first novel "Lost and Found in the 60s" has been praised for capturing the spirit of those crazy times - “This novel is excruciatingly accurate and totally outrageous. Justison has captured the extravagance of the time: the interplay of sexual liberation, psychedelic experiences and coming of age that made the community so intense and inviting…If you weren't there, this is as close as you're going to get to knowing what you missed. The stories, the people, the vision - enjoy the trip.” 

James Fadiman, microdose researcher and Author, "The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys"

“This lively and engaging novel chronicles the adventures of a high school drop-out who leaves Arizona for Haight Ashbury in the 1960’s where the credo was "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.”  The narrator, a bright, observant young man, quickly becomes part of   Hippie culture of free love, tripping on marijuana and LSD, Be-Ins, Viet Nam War protests, and anti-draft demonstrations, which is captured in nuanced and textured detail.

For those who were there, this novel will bring it all back, for those who weren’t, this novel is a vivid portrait of the 60’s.”

Wendy Martin, Professor of American Literature and American Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Founder and Editor, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Lost and Found in the 60s
Fiction / Literature
Unsolicited Press
November 2022
ISBN 9781956692396
246 pages