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A Place Like Mississippi


W. Ralph Eubanks
A Place Like Mississippi

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past, and his new book, A Place Like Mississippi. He has contributed articles to the Washington Post Outlook and Style sections, the Wall Street Journal, WIRED, the New Yorker, and National Public Radio.  He is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation. Eubanks is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia and served as director of publishing at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2013.

Saturday, Oct 16, 2:30-3:30- Register for A Place Like Mississippi

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Steve Yarbrough
The Unmade World

Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, which won the 2019 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction..  His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of California, Prisoners of War, Visible Spirits and The Oxygen Man, and the short story collections Veneer, Mississippi History and Family Men. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award and the Robert Penn Warren Award. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.The son of Mississippi Delta cotton farmers, Steve is currently a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.  He has two daughters—Lena Yarbrough and Antonina Parris—and is married to the Polish writer Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough.  They divide their time between Boston and Krakow. Steve is an aficionado of jazz and bluegrass music, which he plays on guitar, mandolin and banjo, often after midnight.

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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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