[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: Edward P. Jones Tonight in Brighton

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Wed Nov 1 11:51:41 EDT 2017


> Pulitzer winner Edward Jones to speak in Brighton
> Caurie Putnam Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK
> As co-director of The College at Brockport’s Writers Forum, James Whorton Jr. gets to interact with some of the country’s top literary superstars.
> The writer visiting the forum on Wednesday, though, is a personal favorite: Edward P. Jones, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Known World, a historical novel about slavery set in Virginia during the antebellum era.
> “I’m a longtime fan,” Whorton said. “This is one case where I am really lucky to bring someone whose work I truly love and admire to the forum.”
> Jones will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Brighton.
> The talk is free and open to the public. Afterward, Jones will sign books available for purchase from Lift Bridge Book Shop.
> “I think he’s a writer a lot of readers in Rochester care about,” Whorton said.
> Jones’ stories have appeared in Essence, Callaloo and The New Yorker, and he has published two acclaimed
> collections: Lost in the City — winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award — and All Aunt Hagar’s Children.
> He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches fiction writing at George Washington University.
> Whorton uses Jones’ work in his own classes he teaches as an English professor at The College at Brockport.
> “ The Known World is the story of a man who was both a slave owner and a slave,” Whorton said.
> “Something Jones does better than anyone else, I think, is to tell such a big story like this by imaging the particular lives of the individuals so closely and in such detail.”
> Students in Whorton’s Writer’s Craft class will have the opportunity to meet with Jones for a private question- and-answer session before he speaks at Temple B'rith Kodesh.
> “Specifically I want to know if his ambition was to add a voice in history for people who have not traditionally had a voice,” said Cherise Oakley of Kendall, Orleans County.
> Oakley, a master’s degree candidate, has enjoyed reading Jones’ work, including The Known World, in advance of his visit.
> “He adds conversations to history and blurs the traditional conversation of what’s evil and good,” Oakley said.
> The Writers Forum was founded in 1967 as an ancillary to The College at Brockport’s department of English. It’s sponsored by the college’s Division of Advancement.
> Among the forum’s alumni are Margaret Atwood, Isaac Asimov, Erica Jong, Anne Sexton, Rita Dove, John Barth and Grace Paley.
> Jones is the fourth of five writers to participate in the forum this year. Earlier this fall, the forum hosted Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, Julia Elliott and William Heyen.
> At 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Kory Stamper will wrap up the 2017 Writers Forum with a presentation in the New York Room of Cooper Hall on the Brockport campus. Stamper is a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster and the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, published in March 2017.

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