THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
Discussion and reading by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, bell hooks, and Arnold Rampersad.
Each evening will include readings by the authors followed by a discussion on such topics as the vitures and values of autobiography, the historical importance of African American autobiography, biography verses autobiography, and African American autobiography as an art form.
|VERONICA CHAMBERS, a former editor at The New York Times Magazine is the author of the memoir Mamas Girl, (1996) termed "absorbing. . .provocative" by Kirkus.|
|SHIRLEE TAYLOR HAIZLIP is the author of The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White (1994), described in the New York Times Book Review as "a meditation on the meaning of race, color, ethnicity, and family. And as such, it is a quintessentially American story."|
|bell hooks is the author of numerous books that analyze the functions of race and gender in contemporary culture. Her book Ain't I A Woman (1981) was named one of the "20 most influential women's books of the last 20 years" by Publishers Weekly in 1992.|
|ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, a native of Trinidad, is a scholar, literary critic and author of the critically acclaimed two-volume biography, The Life of Langston Hughes (1986 & 1988).|
|CLIFTON TAULBERT is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoirs Once Upon a Time. . .When We Were Colored (1989) andThe Last Train North (1992), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.|