Posts Tagged: Ayana Mathis

What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Black History

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Rumpus editors share for their favorite writing that speaks to black history, past and present.

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Notable NYC: 10/14–10/20

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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Notable NYC: 9/2–9/8

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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Notable Twin Cities: 4/16-4/22

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Monday 4/17: Prince it up: Jim Walsh will discuss his book Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ‘90s, and share memories of Prince and Paisley Park. Chanhassen Library, 6:30 p.m., free. “Deep Heart’s Core: Poetry & Mystery.” Come witness a conversation between poets Katie Donovan and James Lenfestey. Merriam Park Library, 7 p.m., free.

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A Novel Debut

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Over at the New York Times Book Review, Leslie Jamison and Ayana Mathis write about the excitement surrounding debut novelists’ work. “It’s like hearing an overture at the beginning of a symphony, the introduction of themes and preoccupations that will keep unfolding,” Jamison writes. Mathis says: “A debut novel is a piece of the writer’s […]

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Do Facts Matter?

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For the New York Times, Ayana Mathis and Thomas Mallon explore whether or not fiction based on historical events has a “responsibility to the truth.” While Mallon discusses how to remain within “the situational ethics” of historical fiction, Mathis differentiates between “truth” and “fact,” suggesting that fiction “is an expression of some recognizable and resonant iteration of experience.”

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Notable Los Angeles 11/11 – 11/17

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Monday 11/11: Jim Ruland’s Vermin on the Mount presents an evening in partnership with VLAK and Razorcake, featuring readings by Louis Armand, Melissa Broder, Juliet Escoria, Ariana Kelly, Damien Ober, and Scott O’Connor. 7 p.m. at Book Show. Tuesday 11/12: Ayana Mathis reads from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum.

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