On Monday, 10/24, at 7pm, in the Hodges Library Auditorium, 2015 National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will read from her as part of the Writers in the Library series. A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree for 2015, Angela Flournoy is the author of the celebrated debut novel, The Turner House, which tells the story of an African American family confronting the loss of their home and their familial bonds amid the blight and decline of contemporary Detroit. The Turner House was a New York Times notable book of the year, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University. Currently she is the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. In addition to the public reading, there will be a Q&A for students at 3pm. in 1210 McClung Tower, also on October 24th. Both of these events are co-sponsored by UT’s Ready for the World Initiative.
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.