2015 National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will read from her work on Monday, October 24, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.
The reading will be in the Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree for 2015, Angela Flournoy is the author of the celebrated debut novel, “The Turner House,” which tells the story of an African American family confronting the loss of their home and their familial bonds amid the blight and decline of contemporary Detroit. The Turner House was a New York Times notable book of the year, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University. Currently she is the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
In addition to the public reading, there will be a Q&A for students at 3 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower, also on October 24. Both of these events are co-sponsored by UT’s Ready for the World Initiative.