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Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series

2020-2021 Speaker Series 

Due to COVID-19, all upcoming talks will be held virtually. Please keep checking this page for additional events and updates as we have them. For more information, call 512-471-5787 or write


Peniel Joseph
September 15th, 3:30 p.m.
The Joynes Reading Room will host a webinar with Peniel Joseph in Conversation with Plan II Rich Reddick on Sept. 15th at 3:30 p.m. Professor Joseph directs the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. He is the author of several books, including most recently The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.  Members of the UT community can log in to watch the webinar and contribute to the Q&A here:
In November (date TBD), the Joynes Reading Room will be co-sponsoring a web event with Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist for Heartland: A Memoir of Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. Smarsh’s biography of Dolly Parton, She Come by it Natural, is forthcoming in October. 
In the Spring (dates TBD), look for web events with poet Saeed Jones and novelist Mira Jacob:  
Saeed Jones reading at the Dodge Poetry Festival:
Saeed Jones discussing his memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives
Mira Jacob speaking pre-pandemic at Wellesley

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