Lorna Goodison, "Memoirs from Harvey River" 10-14-2012

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With Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature

Interview with:  

Lorna Goodison

Author of

“By Loved Possessed: Stories”

This Sunday, October 14, 2012

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm

About the Author

Lorna Goodison is an internationally renowned poet and the author of the highly acclaimed memoir From Harvey River, a book hailed as “captivating” in The New York Times and named a Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year. Her recent book is By Love Possessed: Stories. She is the recipient of the Musgrave Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, among other accolades. Her work has been widely translated and anthologized in major collections of contemporary poetry. Born in Jamaica, she now teaches at the University of Michigan. (Photo by Denis Valentine)


About the Book

With this highly praised collection of short fiction, Lorna Goodison demonstrates why she may be one of literature’s best-kept secrets. In the Pushcart Prize-winning title story, humble Dottie thinks her luck has turned when she meets Frenchie, the best-looking, if not most reliable, man in the whole of Jamaica. In “The Helpweight,” an accomplished woman must bear the burden of an old flame’s renewed affections when he returns from a life abroad with his Irish bride in tow. And in “Henry,” a young boy turned out of his house to make way for his mother’s lover sells roses on the street to survive. On a whim, he bites off a bloom, which he can feel burning inside his mouth like a red pepper light, hoping it will take root and beautify his own life. Poetically rendered, these and over a dozen other evocative stories create a world in which pride can nourish a soul or be its ruin and where people are in turn uplifted and undone by love.

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Dr Greene’s Interview with Jamaican-born, Renowned Poet & Author Lorna Goodison on 10/14/12. Also a Professor at the University of Michigan and the recipient of many awards for her writing, Goodison discusses her writing life, her books “Memoir from Harvey River” and “Love Possessed.”

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