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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
MacArthur Genius award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as a standout writer of her generation. Her works include the novels Salvage the Bones (2011), for which she received the National Book Award; the memoir The Men We Reaped (2013), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and earned her the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize; and the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017), for which she received her second National Book Award. Ward is the first woman and the first person of color ever to win two National Book Awards for Fiction.
Jesmyn Ward will be interviewed on stage by Ayana Mathis, author of the stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (2013), which was hailed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and NPR. Mathis’s nonfiction writing has appeared in such notable publications as The New Yorker, Glamour and The Financial Times. She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to be permanent member of the faculty of the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she teaches English and creative writing.