Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2021

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A Place Like Mississippi
W. Ralph Eubanks
W. Ralph Eubanks
A Place Like Mississippi
Steve Yarbrough
Steve Yarbrough
The Unmade World

The South has produced some of America’s most celebrated authors, and no state more so than Mississippi. Names such as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright and contemporary writers Jessamyn Ward, Natasha Tretheway and Kiese Laymon have created a literary legacy spanning decades and stretching across lines of class, gender, and race. 

One thing binds together these wide- ranging perspectives—the land itself. In A Place Like Mississippi, W. Ralph Eubanks explores those ties and the ways in which the Magnolia State has fostered such a bounty of expression. The stories haven’t always been easy to tell; even beautiful landscapes can’t obscure a complicated history. 

Eubanks will be in conversation with his long time friend and fellow Mississippi born author Steve Yarbrough

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Panel-Why Black Books Matter
W. Ralph Eubanks
W. Ralph Eubanks
A Place Like Mississippi
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature
Glory Edim
Glory Edim
Well-Read Black Girl
Jason Broughton
Jason Broughton
Library of Congress

In her new book, Read Until You Understand,  Farah Jasmine Griffin asks these questions. What might engagement with literature written by Black Americans teach us about the US and its quest for democracy? What might it teach us about the fullest blossoming of our own humanity? Led by Jason Broughton (Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress), panelists Farah Jasmine Griffin(Read until You Understand), W. Ralph Eubanks(A Place Like Mississippi), and Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) will reflect on these questions and why black books matter to everyone.

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