[Blackstudies-l] Salon Talk with James Davis on Eric Walrond

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Another Caribbean writer in the Harlem Renaissance  :)


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*The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) announces our
last Salon Talk of the 2014-2015 academic year*

*Wednesday, May 13*

 *James Davis* (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

*Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic
Caribbean*(Columbia University Press, 2015).

Eric Walrond (1898-1966) was a writer, journalist, caustic critic, and
fixture of 1920s Harlem. His short story collection, *Tropic Death*, was
one of the first efforts by a black author to depict Caribbean lives and
voices in American fiction. Restoring Walrond to his proper place as a
luminary of the Harlem Renaissance, this biography situates *Tropic
Death* within
the author's broader corpus and positions the work as a catalyst and
driving force behind the New Negro literary movement in America.

James Davis follows Walrond from the West Indies to Panama, New York,
France, and finally England. He recounts his relationships with New Negro
authors such as Countée Cullen, Charles S. Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston,
Alain Locke, and Gwendolyn Bennett, as well as the white novelist Carl Van
Vechten. He also recovers Walrond's involvement with Marcus Garvey's
journal *Negro World* and the National Urban League journal *Opportunity* and
examines the writer's work for mainstream venues, including *Vanity Fair*.

Unearthing documents in England, Panama, and the United States, and
incorporating interviews, criticism of Walrond's fiction and journalism,
and a sophisticated account of transnational black cultural formations,
Davis builds an eloquent and absorbing narrative of an overlooked figure
and his creation of modern American and world literature.

Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American Studies scholars to share
their published work with an intimate audience.  They tend to be small,
lively, and informative; light refreshments are served.  This semester all
Salon Talks will be held at *6:30pm in the Faculty and Staff Lounge, on the
8th floor of the West Building, Hunter College (*Lexington Avenue and 68th
 Street).

For directions, more information, or to rsvp, contact Sarah Chinn at
sarah.chinn at hunter.cuny.edu
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