Tuesday, October 16, 6 p.m.
Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels and Jelly Roll, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Paterson Poetry Prize. He is the editor of seven other collections, most recently The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing and Best American Poetry 2011. His book, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and appeared from Graywolf Press in March 2012. Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.
Tuesday, October 23, 6 p.m.
Scott Simon is a writer and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. His book, Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, topped Los Angeles Times’ nonfiction bestseller list in 2000 and was cited as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. In 2005 he published Pretty Birds, a novel about teenage girls during the siege of Sarajevo; it is now in its thirteenth printing. His bestselling political comedy, Windy City, was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008. His most recent book is a memoir titled, Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption.
Emily St. John Mandel
Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m.
Emily St. John Mandel is a novelist and staff writer for online literary magazine The Millions.Her third novel, The Lola Quartet, was published in May 2012. Her previous novels are Last Night in Montreal, which was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year, and The Singer's Gun, which won an Indie Bookseller's Choice Award and was a #1 Indie Next pick for May 2010. She has an essay in the 2011 anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of the Book, and her short fiction will appear in Venice Noir, a 2012 anthology.