Fiction and Nonfiction Author Randall Kenan - Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series: Reading

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Fiction and Nonfiction Author
Randall Kenan
(Let the Dead Bury Their Dead; The Fire This Time; Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century)

7:30 p.m.
Table Rock Room
Plemmons Student Union


Randall Kenan’s first novel, A Visitation of Spirits was published by Grove Press in 1989, and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was published in 1992 by Harcourt, Brace. That collection was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992. He is also the author of a young adult biography of James Baldwin (1993) and wrote the text for Norman Mauskopf’s book of photographs, A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta (1997). A work of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1999 and was nominated for the Southern Book Award. The Fire This Time, an homage to Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, was published in 2007. He edited and wrote the introduction to The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin (2010) and The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food (2016). His current work-in- progress is a novel, There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names, set in North Carolina and New York City. The recipient of numerous distinguished fellowships and awards, Kenan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Dates and Times

Date and Time Admission Location Map Link
Thu, 09/28/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Open to the Public. Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Center n/a

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian's Board of Trustees, current board member of the ASU Foundation, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the fall semester residency of...