An Evening with Victor LaValle: A Part of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series

An Evening with Victor LaValle

In Conversation with Randy Brown Winston of Slice Literary Magazine


Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

This event is free and open to the public.




The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in collaboration with The New York Chapter of the State of Black Science Fiction, presents a discussion and reading with best-selling author Victor LaValle, whose latest book is The Changeling. LaValle is the author of The Devil in Silver, Big Machine, the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

This event is sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership.

About the Author:

Victor LaValle  has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens. From







About the Moderator:

Randy Brown Winston, a world-renowned milkshake scholar, writes about death, religion, and politics in times unknown and worlds afar, but much like our own. Winston received his MFA in Creative Writing at The New School and is the associate fiction editor at Slice Literary Magazine.




About the Book:

The Changeling: A Novel

Excerpt below.

“When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.” Read more.


Directions to Medgar Evers College, CUNY:

Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Ave. Station

B49 bus to Bedford Ave. at Carroll Street

Mission of the State of Black Science Fiction:

The State of Black Science Fiction – SOBSF – is dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, fiction, film, comic books, cosplay, and related popular art-forms, by and about people of African descent, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of black speculative works to art, culture and social justice.

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Founding Members: Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade

New York Chapter – Brooklyn, NY

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