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Fall Literary Festival

Due to the devastating flooding in Columbia and the closure of the university, we have unfortunately had to cancel the festival's first event with Gene Luen Yang. We hope you will be able to join us for the rest of the Fall Festival when we host Claudia Rankine and Etgar Keret.

Gene Luen Yang

Thursday, October 8, 6 p.m.

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang began creating comics and graphic novels more than 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award, and was the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. In 2013, Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times’ Book Prize. His other work includes The Shadow Hero; The Eternal Smile, another Eisner award winner; the continuation of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender; and beginning in June 2015, the continuation of DC Comics’ Superman. He teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


Claudia Rankine

Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m. 

Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric, a book-length poem about race in America. In 2014, Citizen received the PEN Open Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and it was nominated for the same award in the criticism category. That same year, Rankine received the Poets and Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, an award given annually to “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” Her other works include Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, The End of the Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private. She is a co-editor of and contributor to several anthologies. She has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College and the University of Georgia, and she is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of Poetry at Pomona College.

Photo: John Lucas

Etgar Keret

Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m.

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. His collections have been translated into more than 30 languages and include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, The Girl on the Fridge, The Nimrod Flip-Out, Missing Kissinger, and Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. He also is the author of The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, published in June 2015. He has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times and the Chevalier medallion of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. He also has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. Also a filmmaker, his screenplays include Skin Deep, which in 1996 won first prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar.

Photo: Courtesy of the author