The Kylene & Bradley Beers Lecture
Author of 'Men We Reaped'
*The Tulane Reading Project Keynote Lecture*
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Free and open to the public, with a book signing to follow.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward is the recipient of Tulane's first Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship in the English department. A native of DeLisle, Mississippi, she was previously a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University, and was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.
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'Men We Reaped,' this year's Tulane Reading Project book, is Ward's critically acclaimed memoir. With vivid prose, she examines the lives and untimely deaths of five young men she was close to, including her beloved brother. Her own story provides a poignant counterpoint: a private school education funded by her mother's employer eventually led her to Stanford, two graduate degrees, and literary acclaim. Yet she remains haunted by the memory of these men, and by the role that poverty and racism played in their fates. The work was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times, NPR, and Time magazine, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
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