In residence Oct 26-27
Public reading October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM, Gorecki 204 A&B
Edwidge Danticat has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, the American Book Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. She will be on campus to celebrate her new Sister Mariella Gable Award-winning book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story.
The Art of Death grew from her experience mourning the death of her mother, and it is an exceptional blend of critical and personal writing. If writers are told to “write what you know,” death is the one thing that is ultimately unknowable: we witness the moment right before, or right after, but the reality remains elusive, and writers unavoidably focus on life. In this astute and intimate work of criticism, Danticat assesses how writers as different as Toni Morrison, Taye Selasi, and C.S. Lewis have approached death, grief, and loss, and it culminates with her channeling the voice of her mother. It’s impossible to emerge unmoved from this profound and incisive book.
From Graywolf Press's Art of series of books on the craft of writing.
In residence November 15-16, 2017
Public Reading November 16, 2017, 7:00 PM, Colman Theater, BAC
Solmaz Sharif’s Look, a powerful, innovative exploration of the language of war by a new poet of passion and conscience, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"[An] excellent debut collection...In Sharif's rendering, Look is at once a command to see and to grieve the people these words describe - and also a means of implicating the reader in the violence delivered upon these people...an artful lexicographer, Sharif shows us that the diameter of a word is often as devastating as the diameter of a bomb." - The New York Times Book Review
In addition being a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry, Look was named one of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2016, a A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016, a Washington Post Best Poetry Collection of 2016, one of The New Yorker's “Books We Loved” in 2016, and one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Recommended Books of 2016.
These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University with support from the Manitou Fund.