Place & Race: Book Launch And Conversation With J. Drew Lanham

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Milkweed Editions says
September 29, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Reception with light snacks and drinks at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.
Book signing and good company to follow

Join J. Drew Lanham in celebration of his debut memoir, 'The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature,' which 'H is for Hawk' author Helen Macdonald calls “a groundbreaking work about race and the American landscape.”

Poet, professor, and recent contributor to 'A Good Time For the Truth: Race in Minnesota' Taiyon Coleman will lead a conversation with Lanham about his new book, and writing on family, race, and place.

Lanham grew up exploring the fields and forests of his family’s land, the same land that his ancestors worked as slaves. His formative love affair with nature—and the intimacy he shared with his immediate family—distracted him from the realities of politics and racism. Years later, when he starts working professionally in ornithology and as a professor, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity”—to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to only by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field.

Covering ecology, race, identity, nature, 'The Home Place' is a riveting exploration that will resonate with anyone interested in the connection between place and race.

J. Drew Lanham lives in the Upstate of South Carolina, where the Blue Ridge escarpment shoulders the northwest horizon. A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. A birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist, he has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Flycatcher, and Wilderness Magazine, and in several anthologies, including 'The Colors of Nature,' 'State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers and the Places They Love,' 'Bartram’s Living Legacy,' and 'Carolina Writers at Home.'

Taiyon J Coleman is an Assistant Professor of English with a focus in American Multicultural Literature at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taiyon is a Cave Canem fellow, and her work has appeared in 'Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam,' 'Riding Shotgun: Women Writing about Their Mothers,' 'The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South' edited by Nikky Finney; 'Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota,' and her critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Living Just Enough for the City,” appears in the 2016 anthology, 'A Good Time for the Truth,' edited by Sun Yung Shin. Taiyon is completing her first novel, 'Chicago@Fifteen,' and she lives in the Twin-Cities area.

This event is co-sponsored by Milkweed Editions and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.
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