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Author Talk with Nathan Harris

  • February 10, 2022
  • 6:00 p.m. CT
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • Free

Join the Ernest J. Gaines Center for an author talk with Nathan Harris, the 2021 recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award of Literary Excellence. Harris will be discussing his new book, The Sweetness of Water.

Nathan Harris holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas and an English degree from the University of Oregon. His debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, was published by Little Brown in 2021 and was the summer selection of Oprah’s Book Club. It won the 2021 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was included in President Obama’s Summer Reading List. He was honored as one of 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation. Nathan lives in Seattle, Washington.

“Knowledge Makes a Man Unfit to be a Slave” - Avery Normal Institute and the Power of Black Education

  • February 16, 2022
  • 6:00 p.m. CT
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • Free

Join the Ernest J. Gaines Center and the Avery Research Institute for a lecture on the value of Black education and Black educational institutions. Guest speaker will be Aaisha Haykal. Aaisha Haykal is the Manager of Archival Services at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). Her research areas are in community archives, Black religious history, digital humanities/projects, and Black literature. She has had leadership roles within the Society of American Archivists and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).