Department of English

Discussion Panel

The landscape of post-racial American fiction

Sat, October 31, 2009 | State Capitol

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Harry Ransom Center and the Texas Book Festival present a panel on the post-racial American fiction landscape with Colson Whitehead and Percival Everett. The panel will be moderated by Walton Muyumba, writer, critic and associate professor of American and African-American literature at the University of North Texas.

Colson Whitehead's first novel, The Intuitionist, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. His follow-up novel, John Henry Days, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His most recent novel is Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor. Whitehead's reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in numerous of publications. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Percival Everett is a professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of sixteen books, including Wounded, American Desert, Erasure and Glyph. He lives in L.A. and British Columbia.

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