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Campus Read Book Talk Series

As part of the St. Louis Literary Award series of programs honoring the 2024 award recipient Jamaica Kincaid, the Saint Louis University 2024 Campus Read primarily focuses on two of her most memorable works, Annie John and A Small Place. The book talks also feature conversations about other aspects of Jamaica Kincaid’s work, including gardening and conversations about anti-colonialism.

Attendees interested in attending the Campus Book Talk Series can register via Zoom.

2023-2024 Campus Book Talk Series

Jonathan Galassi

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Jonathan Galassi attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College and Cambridge University, where he earned an M.A. in 1973. Mr. Galassi became an editor in the trade division of Houghton Mifflin Company in 1973. He was a senior editor at Random House from 1981 to 1986, when he joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux as vice-president and executive editor. He was named editor-in-chief of FSG in 1988, executive vice-president in 1993, publisher in 1999, and president of the firm in January 2002. Mr. Galassi has published two books of poems: Morning Run (Paris Review Editions, 1988) and North Street (HarperCollins, 2000). He has also translated several volumes of the work of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale.

Nathaniel Millet

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Nathaniel Millet is a historian of the early modern and 19th-century Atlantic World. He is particularly interested in the experience of indigenous and African people in southeastern North America and the Caribbean. His work is comparative, trans-regional, and interdisciplinary. His published works include "The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World" (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013) and numerous compelling journal articles. Millet has also published on the history and memory of slavery at Saint Louis University.

Dillon Brown, Ph.D.

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Dillon Brown has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an associate professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses more centrally on Anglophone Caribbean literature, though it ranges across several other areas, including Black and Asian British literature, world literature, global modernisms, diaspora, migration, hemispheric American literature, and Anglophone postcolonial literature. His first monograph, "Migrant Modernism: London and the Postwar West Indian Novel" (University of Virginia Press, 2013), examines the interrelations between the foundational postwar novels written by Anglophone Caribbean authors and the British modernist tradition. He has also coedited a collection of essays, and his works have appeared in a number of scholarly periodicals. He was awarded the Maxwell C. Weiner Humanities Research Grant in 2015 and the J. William Fulbright Research Grant in 2004-2005.

Ian Frazier, April 2

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Ian Frazier has contributed to The New Yorker since 1974, when he published his first piece in The Talk of the Town. A year later, the magazine ran his first short story, “The Bloomsbury Group Live at the Apollo.” Since then, he has published numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, Shouts & Murmurs, and Talk of the Town pieces, in the magazine. In 2012, he revived the annual Christmas poem, “Greetings, Friends!,” originated by Frank Sullivan in 1933. Frazier’s 13 books include “Great Plains” (which ran as a three-part series in the magazine), “Family,” “On the Rez,” and “Travels in Siberia.” He has twice won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, for his collections, “Dating Your Mom” (1985) and “Lamentations of the Father” (2008). His most recent book is “Cranial Fracking” (2021), another humor collection. Most of the pieces in those three books also appeared in The New Yorker.

St. Louis County Libraries Partnership

Book Discussion: African-American Experience

2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16
Parkview Branch, 8400 Delport Drive

This month, the African-American Experience group will read "Lucy" by Jamaica Kincaid. Copies are available at the service desk, through the library catalog, Libby or Hoopla. Adults. Registration required.

Virtual Book Discussion: African-American Experience

6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16

This month, the African-American Experience group will read "Lucy" by Jamaica Kincaid. A recording of the  virtual program will be posted to YouTube within three business days.

Inspired by Jamaica Kincaid

Thursday, April 25

In honor of this year’s St. Louis Literary Award recipient Jamaica Kincaid, the St. Louis County Library community submitted written pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction or memoir under 500 words for inclusion in the Library’s eMedia collection. Visit the St. Louis County Library website to access the community collection.