August 24 – FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation


Word Up is proud to present to two of our continent’s most celebrated playwrights and fiction authors, André Alexis and Kia Corthron, for a reading and conversation about their latest books, the writing of fiction and drama, and the intersections between them.


Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, ANDRÉ ALEXIS recently won two of Canada’s biggest writing prizes, the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His debut novel,Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. André’s newest book, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books, 2016) is a contemporary take on the quest narrative with a rich cast of characters; Adam Nayman wrote in Quill & Quire that “nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.” Prior to André’s long and award-winning fiction career, he was playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company. André resides in Toronto.


KIA CORTHRON has written many plays, fifteen of which have been produced nationally and internationally. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award. She has also written a bit of television (Edgar and Writers Outstanding Series awards for The Wire). The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) is her first novel. Angela Davis called the novel “a stunning achievement by any measure—a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence,  yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.” Kia grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

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