Author Kiese Laymon will read from his works at Ithaca College on Monday, Oct. 10. Part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers series, his presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Laymon’s debut novel, “Long Division,” won the Saroyan International Writing Award, was short-listed for the Believer Book Award and was named was named to the “best of 2013” lists by Buzzfeed, Salon, Contemporary Literature, Library Journal and the Chicago Tribune, among others.
“Long Division” has been described as a Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi, written in a voice that’s alternately funny, lacerating and wise.
Laymon has also been praised for his essay collection, “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” which touches on subjects ranging from family, race, violence and celebrity to music, writing and coming of age in Mississippi. A professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi, he has two books forthcoming in 2017: a memoir called “Heavy” and the novel “And So On.”
His visit is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, which in addition to offering a public reading gives advanced writing students the opportunity to participate in workshops that allow them to learn from some of America’s foremost writers. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/dvw.