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Title

Author Kiese Laymon: A Reading and a Conversation (LAI)

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Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

11-9-2021

Sponsoring Department(s)

Literary Arts Institute

Abstract

Author Kiese Laymon read from his memoir Heavy, followed by a conversation and audience Q&A moderated by LAI director, Matt Harkins.

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi, who is the author of the genre-bending novel, Long Division, the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the bestselling memoir, Heavy. In Heavy, Laymon “fearlessly explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.”

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