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Writer Series - John Edgar Wideman

March 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sykes Formal Lounge

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

John Edgar Wideman is the author of two dozen books—novels, short story collections, and memoirs—including the award-winning Philadelphia Fire, Brothers and Keepers, Fatheralong, Hoop Roots, and Sent for You Yesterday.  His latest book is the long-awaited, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File, in which Wideman reveals the untold story of how Louis Till became a silent victim of American injustice.  The New York Times describes this book as “a quietly harrowing postscript to the tragedy of Emmett Till,” who was Louis Till’s son.  A former Rhodes Scholar, Wideman is also a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice,  has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction, and was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story and won the lifetime achievement award of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.  He divides his time between New York and France.