Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by former Houston Poet Laureate/UH-Downtown faculty member Robin Davidson – plus a book sale and signing.
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ESI EDUGYAN’s breakthrough second novel Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an O Magazine Best Book of the Year. The Globe and Mail praises it as “unforgettable… brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed. It’s a work that promises to lead black literature in a whole new direction.” A Canadian writer of Ghanaian descent, Edugyan comes to read from her third novel Washington Black, which follows an 11-year-old field slave from an early 19th century Barbados sugar plantation on a journey around the globe to become a free man. Attica Locke describes it as “nothing short of a masterpiece. Esi Edugyan has a rare talent for… giving her reader a new lens on the world…. This is an epic adventure and a heartfelt tale about love and morality and their many contradictions.” Edugyan’s other works include the novel The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the nonfiction book Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home.
“MEG WOLITZER is the novelist we need right now,” says The Washington Post. Her bestselling novel The Female Persuasion was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Time, New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly and elsewhere. The New York Times describes it as “uncannily timely, a prescient marriage of subject and moment that addresses a great question of the day: how feminism passes down, or not, from one generation to the next.” Her other major novels include The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife, which according to The New York Times Book Review “deploys a calm, seamless humor…. Rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer’s hands, rage is also very funny.” She is also the author of novels for children and young adults. In 2017 she served as guest editor of Best American Short Stories, and three films have been based on her books: This Is My Life, directed by Nora Ephron; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife, with Glenn Close.