Presented by the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College CUNY, in Partnership with RestorationART
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Free and Open to the Public.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with RestorationArt, will present a literary salon featuring writers of courageous new works. During this program, writers examine the complexities of race and relationships in today’s society through the interior lives of their characters and discuss experiences and situations that were the driving force behind their decision to write poignant and touching stories.
Panelists include Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award and winner of the 2019 PEN Open Book Award; Simeon Marsalis, author of As Lie Is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Anakwa Dwamena, a staff writer at The New Yorker, to moderate the discussion.
Nafissa Thompson-Spires holds a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize; and won the PEN Open Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and works as an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University. Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan
Simeon Marsalis is a writer from New Rochelle, New York. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark, where he was awarded the Henry Rutgers Fellowship. His first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult Books. It was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He is currently at work on his second novel. Learn more about him at www simeonmarsalis.com.
Photography by Chris Buck
Anakwa Dwamena is a books editor at Africa Is a Country, and a member of The New Yorker magazine’s editorial staff. Originally from Ghana, his reporting and cultural criticism work focuses on African politics, the lives of Black immigrants around the world, and soccer.
Learn more about him at https://africasacountry.com/author/anakwa-dwamena.
Join Us Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the main Brooklyn Book Festival Events.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Rain or shine.