Award-winning Author Jesmyn Ward Discusses Her New Book at Williams College

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Award-winning Author Jesmyn Ward Discusses Her New Book at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 3, 2018—MacArthur Fellow and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will discuss her latest novel Sing, Unburied, Sing at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Chapin Hall.

Hailed as a standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction, in 2017 Ward became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike.

With Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward gives us a road novel through Mississippi’s past and present that explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty. Described by Margaret Atwood as a story that “digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare,” Sing, Unburied, Sing is a singular Southern odyssey that strikes at the heart of life in the rural South.

Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by The New York Times and Time, Ward’s novel is also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Sing, Unburied, Sing is the Williams Reads book for 2018-19. Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience.

The event is co-sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies and the Gaudino fund.


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