Join Charis for a wide ranging conversation moderated by Regina Bradley celebrating new works by two of our very favorite authors, Kiese Laymon and Joan Morgan. Kiese Laymon joins us to discuss his beautiful and powerful new book, Heavy: An American Memoir. In Heavy, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. If you were wowed by How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Long Division, you will be transformed by Heavy: An American Memoir. Joan Morgan blew us away with When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost almost 20 years ago and she’s back in fine form in a perfect marriage of heartfelt insights and scholarly analysis with her new book: She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event and the suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Seating is first come, first served but we ask that folks also prioritize elders and those who are not able to stand for the duration of the event.
About Kiese Laymon: Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir.
About Joan Morgan: A pioneering hip-hop journalist and award-winning feminist author, Joan Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999 with the publication of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, which is now used at colleges across the country. Her newest book is She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Morgan has taught at Duke University, Stanford University, and The New School.
About Regina Bradley: Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and is the Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences renderings of the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Bradley is also editing a collection of essays about OutKast for UGA Press. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was published in April 2017.
All books are available for purchase: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/kiese-laymon-joan-morgan-and-regina-bradley-love-land-and-language
Prefer to listen to the audiobook? Download HEAVY to your phone now: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781508265818