Columbia Writers Series: Next Up

Photo of Sarah Smarsh on left book jacket for "She Come by it Natural" on rightLive Online Lecture and Q & A with Sarah Smarsh

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Sarah Smarsh is a nonfiction author who writes about socioeconomic class and rural America. Her first book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, was both a New York Times  bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her latest work, She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs, explores themes of gender and class while celebrating the life and work of the iconic Dolly Parton.

This event will be free and open to the public. For the link and password to the event, write to anelson@clark.edu.

Photo of Mira Jacob on left book jacket for "Good Talk" on right

Live Online Lecture and Q & A with Mira Jacob

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Her book Good Talk is a graphic memoir that describes complex conversations with her young son about "race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love." It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book ReviewTimeKirkus Reviews, and others.  

This event will be free and open to the public. For the link and password to the event, write to anelson@clark.edu.

Live Online Lecture and Q & A with Saeed Jones

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.*

Saeed Jones is an essential author as well as a powerful voice in the world of literary activism, and his writing often takes on questions of identity. Formerly a major contributor at Buzzfeed, he shaped his platform into a tool for social awareness with his no-holds-barred personality. In 2019, Saeed released his highly anticipated memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives. In this memoir, Saeed has developed a one-of-a-kind style that is as beautiful as it is powerful, and he has cemented himself as an essential writer of our time.

 

This event will be free and open to the public. For the link and password to the event, write to anelson@clark.edu.

 

*Because this lecture falls during Clark College's spring break, a recording will be made available to Clark students for 10 days after the event, and a follow-up Q & A between Saeed Jones and Clark students will take place on April 13th.