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River City Writers Series Will Welcome Randall Kenan Nov. 7-8

For release: October 26, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Randall Kenan
Randall Kenan
The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome author Randall Kenan for two events on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7 and 8. He will read from his work Monday at 8 p.m. in the University Center Theatre (Room 145). and conduct an interview Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Kenan’s first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published in 1989. A collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992.  He also is the author of a young adult biography of James Baldwin, which was nominated for the Southern Book Award. A nonfiction work, The Fire This Time, was published in 2007.

Kenan has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, and the 1997 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Writing Program, the Creative Writing Club, the Department of English, the Hohenberg Foundation and Student Event Allocation, with support from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Moss Chair of Excellence.

RCWS is one of the longest running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the Mid-South community since 1977.

For more information, email or, or call 901-678-4692.

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