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Great Writers, Great Readings

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 11:15 a.m.

John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman is Asa Messer Professor and professor of Africana studies and English at Brown University. He was the first individual to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice – in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His second memoir, Fatheralong, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of many other awards and honors, including the O. Henry Award, the American Book Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and a MacArthur Fellowship. His articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Emmett Till, and Thelonius Monk have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and the New York Times Magazine. Professor Wideman is also subject of the text Conversations with John Edgar Wideman, a collection of 19 interviews spanning three decades.

Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

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