A Conversation with Novelist Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jesmyn Ward is unable to appear on October 12 as originally planned. Once we are able to set a new date, registration will reopen.

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice.

Ward, hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, is the author of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the critically acclaimed novels Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones, and the memoir Men We Reaped.

In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice. A professor of creative writing at Tulane University and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ward’s many honors include the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Strauss Living Award.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries.

This event will be rescheduled for a later date. Registration will reopen once the new date is confirmed.

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Explore Ward's books in the library catalog.