[Blackstudies-l] Day Before Reminder: Jamel Brinkley fiction reading, 3/7, 6pm

Lytton Smith smithlj at geneseo.edu
Wed Mar 6 11:41:05 EST 2019

Please celebrate National Book Review Month
<https://narmo.milne-library.org/> and Black this March by coming to hear
the emerging, acclaimed *fiction writer Jamel Brinkley *read *Thursday 7th
March *from* 6-7pm *in *Doty Tower Room (300). *Books will be available for
purchase and Brinkley will sign copies. Brinkley is a National Book Award
finalist and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
(given to an African-American writer).

Jamel Brinkley's debut collection of stories, *A Lucky Man*, tells nine
stories that reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys
whose hopes sometimes betray them: an imaginative young boy from the Bronx
goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the
suburbs; a teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel
of J’Ouvert can’t help but look out for his impressionable younger brother;
and, at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the
story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured
history. The New Yorker called his book  “a trenchant exploration of race
and class, vividly conveying the tension between social codes of
masculinity and the vulnerable, volatile self.” *A Lucky Man* will be on
sale at the reading and available for signing, as well as on sale at Barnes
& Noble on campus.

The Geneseo Literary Forum is made possible by the kind sponsorship of the
Provost's Office, Student and Campus Life, the English Department, Black
Studies, and Gandy Dancer, Geneseo's SUNY-wide literary journal.

For more information, please contact Lytton Smith, smithlj at geneseo.edu
Dr. Lytton Smith

Director, Center for Integrative Learning, Doty 303C (Tues/Wed/Thurs. p.m.)
Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Welles 230
Interim Director of Creative Writing / Black Studies Faculty / Geneseo
Literary Forum Coordinator

For a list of Geneseo Allies for Social Justice and Diversity, visit
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