Supper Club Jeffrey Renard Allen

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Join us for a bowl of homemade soup for the first instalment of Avid Reader's Supper Club. We will be joined by Jeffrey Renard Allen, discussing his novel 'Song of the Shank', in-conversation with Griffith Review's Jerath Head.

This special Sunday event is 4.30pm arrival for a 5pm start.

At the heart of this remarkable novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom. Song of the Shank opens in 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere—inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots—who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother.

As the novel ranges from Tom’s boyhood to the heights of his performing career, the inscrutable savant is buffeted by opportunistic teachers and crooked managers, crackpot healers and militant prophets. Jeffery Renard Allen blends history and fantastical invention to bring to life a radical cipher, a man who profoundly changes all who encounter him.

A contemporary American masterpiece about music, race, an unforgettable man, and an unreal America during the Civil War era.

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books including the novels 'Song of the Shank', which was a finalist for the PEN / Faulkner Award, and 'Rails Under My Back', which won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction; the short story collection 'Holding Pattern', which received The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence; and two collections of poetry. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
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