Readers & Writers present: South to the Future

Date: 04/16/2013 (Runs through 04/16/2013)
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:Baton Rouge Gallery, City Park
Type: Special Event

Readers & Writers closes the year with a glimpse into the future with Jack Butler (Jujitsu for Christ, Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock) and Randall Kenan (A Visitation of Spirits, The Fire This Time), two authors whose innovative work blurs the lines between southern literature, science fiction, and magical fantasy.

This event is free and open to the public. 


About the authors:
JACK BUTLER is the Pulitzer-nominated author of nine works of poetry and fiction including LIVING IN LITTLE ROCK WITH MISS LITTLE ROCK and BROKEN HALLELUJAH. His groundbreaking first novel, JUJITSU FOR CHRIST, has just been published in a new edition. Baton Rouge’s own Smiley Anders described it as “the craziest, most horror-filled and most uniquely southern novel since [A Confederacy of Dunces]. It's about growing up, dying, going crazy, finding Christ, finding love, being black, being white and making barbecue,” and he hailed the novel’s protagonist, Roger Wing, as “one of the strangest, most endearing characters in all southern literature.” Butler is currently at work on a novel called THE ILLUMINATION OF ELIJAH LEE ROSWELL.

RANDALL KENAN is an internationally renowned author of fiction and nonfiction whose books include A VISITATION OF SPIRITS, LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD, and THE FIRE THIS TIME. Born in Brooklyn but reared in North Carolina, Kenan has created a body of work that is deeply insightful about the intersections of traditional African American communities and the perpetually transforming modern world. As novelist Gloria Naylor put it, “Randall Kenan speaks eloquently and with a great deal of courage about personal and communal strife within the black community.  But above all, he speaks in the voice of the future that is tinged with bittersweet love.” His novel in progress is THERE'S A MAN GOING ROUND TAKING NAMES.



About Readers & Writers:

As the home of Louisiana's flagship university and the capital of a state teeming with cultural diversity and a rich artistic heritage, we feel Baton Rouge holds great potential to serve as this state’s creative nucleus -- a place where artists from all over the world can come to share their work through conversation with an engaged and diverse audience.  As the premiere contemporary literary reading series at LSU, Readers & Writers has been instrumental in helping Baton Rouge realize this potential. 

Since its formation by the LSU English Department in 1993, Readers & Writers has featured hundreds of internationally renowned and award-winning novelists, poets, playwrights, and performers and created events that have provided thoughtful, moving, funny, and always rewarding interactions with citizens and students from all walks of life.

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