Please join us for a night celebrating the life and work of North Carolina author Randall Kenan -- a writer best known for his novel A Visitation of Spirits (1989) and his collection of stories Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (1992), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a nominee for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, and named a New York Times Notable Book. Kenan is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Whiting Writers Award, Sherwood Anderson Award, John Dos Passos Award, Rome Prize, and North Carolina Award for Literature.
The event will begin with Kenan reading from his work and will be followed by an interview by James A. Crank, author of the forthcoming Understanding Randall Kenan. Understanding Randall Kenan offers a brief biography and an exploration of Kenan's considerable oeuvre -- memoir, short stories, novels, journalism, folklore, and essays.Â
James A. Crank is an associate professor of American literature and culture at the University of Alabama, a National Humanities Center Fellow, and cohost of the podcast The Sound and the Furious. Crank's essays have appeared in Agee Agonistes: Essays on the Life, Legend, and Works of James Agee and Southerners on Film: Essays on Hollywood Portrayals since the 1970s. In addition to his book on Kenan, Crank has written Understanding Sam Shepard (2012), New Approaches to Gone with the Wind (2015), and Race and New Modernisms (2019).Â Â
Admission for lectures is $10 general public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.