[Blackstudies-l] Interview with Andea Levy, speaking April 29

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Sun Apr 17 08:15:36 EDT 2011

The link below includes an interview with Andrea Levy, who will be  
speaking Friday, April 29 at 4pm. Please spread the word and try to  

> http://www.theinterviewonline.co.uk/library/books/andrea-levy-interview.aspx

Renowned British Novelist Andrea Levy on Campus April 29

Andrea Levy (Laurie Fletcher photo)

GENESEO, N.Y. -- British novelist Andrea Levy, winner of numerous book  
awards including the Orange Prize for Fiction in women's writing, will  
be reading from her latest novel, "The Long Song," and discussing her  
craft during a visit to SUNY Geneseo April 29. The event starts at 4  
p.m. in Newton Hall Room 201 and is free and open to the public.
"The Long Song" was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize  
in 2010 and was in contention for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her fourth  
novel, "Small Island," won the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of  
the Year Award in 2004 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2005.
Set in Jamaica in the early 19th century, "The Long Song" explores the  
relationship between Great Britain and the Caribbean during the last  
years of slavery and the period immediately after emancipation. The  
daughter of Jamaican migrants herself, Levy uses her fiction to  
rewrite British history to include her ancestors. The Jamaican sugar  
plantation economy that depended on the labor of enslaved peoples and  
the 1831 Baptist Wars are seen through the eyes of a former house  
slave, July, who as an old woman can now look back upon her life and  
write her story.
"Having Andrea on campus is a wonderful opportunity for upstate New  
York," said Maria Lima, professor of English at Geneseo who has been  
teaching Levy's novels before they were earning so many prizes.
About the writing of "The Long Song," Lima reminds her students of the  
importance of neo-slave narratives. As Levy notes, a novel can succeed  
in showing young Black Britons why they must "have pride in their  
slave ancestors and their heritage" ("The Writing of ‘The Long Song'").
Levy lives in London. She not only lives and works in the city she  
loves but has used London as the setting in many of her novels. She  
didn't start writing until her mid-thirties when she began to look  
closely and perceptively at Britain and its changing population and  
the intimacies that bind British history with the Caribbean.
Levy's visit to Geneseo is sponsored by the Department of English, the  
Office of the Provost, the Office of International Programs, Campus  
Auxiliary Services, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services  
and the Residence Life office.

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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