[Blackstudies-l] Kiese Laymon to read at SUNY Geneseo Wed 10/12, 6pm, MCU Ballroom

Lytton Smith smithlj at geneseo.edu
Tue Oct 4 08:34:53 EDT 2016


The amazing Kiese Laymon, one of America's foremost critical commentators
and thinkers about race, both in his satirical fiction and his incisive
essays, will be on campus just after Fall Break: Wednesday Oct 12th, to
read as part of Geneseo Literary Forum

Oct 12 (Wed) - Kiese Laymon, author of essay collection *How to Kill
Yourself and Others Slowly in America *and the satirical time-travel novel
*Long Division*
6pm, MCU Ballroom

Kiese Laymon (Wed. Oct. 12th, 2016) is a black southern writer, born and
raised in Jackson, Mississippi; his satirical vision has led to him being
called “a black 21st-century Mark Twain” His debut novel, *Long
Division* (Agate,
2013), won Stanford’s 2014 Saroyan Prize for International Writing; essays
from his collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
(Agate, 2015) have been included in the Best American series, the Best of
Net, and The Atlantic's Best Essays of 2013. Laymon has written essays,
stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN the
Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Ebony and
Guernica. Hewas selected a member of the Root 100 in 2013 and 2014 and
Ebony Magazine Power 100 in 2015 and is currently Professor of English at
Vassar College, having served as the Grisham Writer in Residence at the
University of Mississippi 2015-2016. He has two books forthcoming, a novel
called *And So On* and a book called *Heavy: An American Memoir* (previously
titled *A Fat Black Memoir*).

Our campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble, is supporting the reading series by
offering a bundle discount on the four Geneseo Literary Forum readers'
books: buy four, one from each writer, at a 20% discount, making it $66.35
for the set.

Kiese Laymon, *How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
<http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-slowly-kill-yourself-and-others-in-america-kiese-laymon/1114266433?ean=9781932841770>*
Joan Kane, *Hyperboreal
<http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hyperboreal-joan-naviyuk-kane/1115527754?ean=9780822962625>
*
Kate Daloz, *We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for
a New America
<http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/we-are-as-gods-kate-daloz/1122344504?ean=9781610392259>
*
Idra Novey, *Ways to Disappear
<http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ways-to-disappear-idra-novey/1122087719?ean=9780316298490>
*


The Geneseo Literary Forum is grateful to Black Studies, Student Life,
Residence Life, the Provost's Office, and the English Department for its
funding. Now in its second year, the Forum aims to bring 4 or more writers
to campus each year in order to introduce our students to the diversity of
voices and subjects that contemporary creative writers engage. For further
information, please contact Dr. Lytton Smith, Assistant Professor of
English, at smithlj at geneseo.edu

-- 
Dr. Lytton Smith
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
226 Welles Hall
smithlj at geneseo.edu

P.S. Other readers in the series include:

Nov 10 (Thu) - Joan Naviyuk Kane, poet, author of *Hyperboreal, *exploring
King Island, the ancestral home of the author's family until the federal
government's Bureau of Indian Affairs forcibly and permanently relocated
its residents.
6pm, Doty Recital Hall, 2nd Floor

Feb 10 (Fri) - Kate Daloz, nonfiction writer, author of *We Are As Gods:
Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America*
6pm, Doty 300 (Tower Room)

Feb 27 (Mon) - Idra Novey, poet, novelist, and translator, author of the
literary/translation mystery *Ways to Disappear *and *Exit, Civilian, *poems
exploring incarceration.
6pm, Doty 300 (Tower Room)


-- 
Dr. Lytton Smith
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
226 Welles Hall
smithlj at geneseo.edu

-- 
Dr. Lytton Smith
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
226 Welles Hall
smithlj at geneseo.edu
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