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Virtual Off-Site: Hopwood Lecture w/ Kiese Laymon

Literati Bookstore is pleased to be the official bookseller for the Zell Visiting Writing Series and Hopwood Lecture, produced by the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan.

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Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. The audiobook, read by the author, was named the Audible 2018 Audiobook of the Year. Heavy was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction and the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. It was named a best book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly.

Three essays from Laymon’s newly reissued book of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, were selected for inclusion in the Best American series and The Atlantic’s best essays. Laymon’s debut novel, Long Division, which will be reissued in 2021, was honored with the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards, including The Believer Book Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Fiction Award.

Laymon is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and Oxford American. He has written for the New York Times, Esquire, VSB, ESPN The Magazine, Paris Review, NPR, Colorlines, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Ebony, Guernica, Fader, Travel & Leisure, Lit Hub, and many others. A graduate of Oberlin College, he holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. He is the Hubert H. McAlexander Chair of English at the University of Mississippi, and recipient of 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. Laymon is at work on several new projects, including the long poem, Good God, the horror novel, And So On, the children’s book, City Summer, Country Summer and the film Heavy: An American Memoir. He is the founder of The Catherine Coleman Literary Arts and Justice Initiative, a program aimed at getting Mississippi kids and their parents, more comfortable reading, writing, revising and sharing.

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email rmanery@umich.edu and asbates@umich.edu-- we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Copies of the readings and live, high quality auto-captions/transcriptions will be provided.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982170820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

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Long Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174828
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021