[Blackstudies-l] World-acclaimed Black British Author at Geneseo THIS Friday--Newton 204 at 4 PM TELL EVERYONE and try to come too!

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Apr 10 06:25:21 EDT 2014

The English Department Literary Forum is bringing Bernardine Evaristo back
to Geneseo for a reading on *Friday, April 11th, 4PM, Newton 204*.  She is
the award-winning author of seven books including her new novel, *Mr
Loverman*, about a 74 year- old Caribbean London man who finally comes out
of the closet (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2013 & Akashic Books, US,
2014).  Evaristo's writing
is characterized by daring experimentation and subversion, playfully and
humorously challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and
identities.   *Mr Loverman* dares to explore almost forbidden topics, such
as the seemingly prevalence of homophobia in the black community and
slavery as its justification.  Evaristo's reading is also supported by
International Programs, Black Studies, and Campus Auxiliary Services.

Since 1997 Evaristo has accepted invitations to take part in over 80
international tours as a writer. She gives readings and delivers talks,
keynotes, workshops and courses and she has held visiting fellowships and
professorships.  Evaristo's books are translated into several languages
including Mandarin.  Her awards include the EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red
Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, a NESTA Fellowship Award and an Arts
Council Writer's Award.  Her books have been a 'Book of the Year' thirteen
times in British newspapers and magazines and *The Emperor's Babe* was a
*Times* 'Book of the Decade'.  *Hello Mum* has been chosen as one of twenty
titles for World Book Night in 2014.  She was made a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in
2006, and she received an MBE in 2009.

Maria Helena Lima
Department of English
Comparative Literature Director
Welles 225A
SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY 14454

(585) 245-5242
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