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The 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Jesmyn Ward
October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥; 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘡𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬
Join us online for a conversation between Jesmyn Ward, 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence, and IHC Director Susan Derwin. 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘘&𝘈 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸.
MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been called “the new Toni Morrison” (American Booksellers Association). In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award twice—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike. Her writing, which encompasses fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, is “raw, beautiful, and dangerous” (𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸). Ward’s novels, primarily set on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, are deeply informed by the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘷𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Ward’s memoir, 𝘔𝘦𝘯 𝘞𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘥, deals with the loss of five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows people who live in poverty. In 2016, Ward edited the critically acclaimed anthology 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦: 𝘈 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘙𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘢 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 bestseller. Her newest novel, the critically acclaimed 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘜𝘯𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥, 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨, won the 2017 National Book Award. 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨 has been called “a searing, urgent read for anyone who thinks the shadows of slavery and Jim Crow have passed” (Celeste Ng). 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨 was named one of the best books of 2017 by 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵, and 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘞𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘭𝘺. 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨 was also nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. An associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University, Ward received the 2016 Strauss Living Award and a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant, and was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2018. Scribner recently reissued her debut novel, 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴.
𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘙𝘢𝘢𝘣 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳-𝘪𝘯-𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮, 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘧𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘊𝘚𝘉 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘊𝘰-𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘏𝘊’𝘴 Living Democracy 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮.
ASL interpretation will be provided. To view ASL interpretation, please attend the webinar on a desktop computer.
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