Jesmyn Ward, the 2011 National Book Award winner for “Salvage the Bones,” will participate in a reading at the UT Michener Center for Writers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Blanton Auditorium on campus.
“Salvage the Bones” is widely considered to be the first great novel about Hurricane Katrina, which Ward experienced. Her lates, “Men We Reaped,” deals with five years in the lives of her brother and four other black who died of drugs, suicide, accidents and bad luck in her hometown of DeLisle, Miss. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.
After the reading, Ward will discuss race, poverty and Southern storytelling with Michener Center director James Magnuson and Jennifer Wilks of the UT English Department and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.
The Blanton Auditorium is in the Edgar A. Smith Building in the Blanton Museum complex at MLK and Congress Avenue. The reading is free, requires no tickets, and is open to students and the public. Parking is available in the nearby Brazos Garage.