The Common Book Program presents a reading and conversation with Kiese Laymon at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, in Convocation Hall.
Kiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson, Miss. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi and a distinguished visiting professor of nonfiction at the University of Iowa.
Laymon is the author of the novel “Long Division” and a collection of essays, “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.” He has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and Oxford American. Laymon has two books forthcoming, including “Heavy: An American Memoir” and a novel called “And So On.”
The reading is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Government Association, Sewanee School of Letters, the Sewanee Review, American Studies, English Department, Sewanee Slavery Project, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony.
Books will be available for purchase at the University Book and Supply store and at the event.