Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium • Main Library
Jesmyn Ward’s unflinching portrayals reflect with graphic clarity the lives of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a South ravaged by poverty and natural disaster. For Ward, her prose is personal. Her novels are set in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi where Ward grew up and still makes her home. When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Ward and her family were forced to evacuate their rapidly-flooding home.
Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds (2008), introduced readers to Ward’s powerful, poetic voice and earned consideration as a finalist for several awards. Salvage the Bones won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award for Young Adult Readers.
An active blogger whose nonfiction is as compelling as her novels, her 2013 memoir, Men We Reaped speaks of the loss of her brother and other young black men in their hometown. Whether writing fiction or memoir, Ward’s precise yet graceful narratives make her a fitting heir to the rich literary tradition of the American South.
Books will be available for sale at the event and at aculturalexchange.org.
All writers & readers series programs are free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
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