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Navigate Your Stars: A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

An Illinois Libraries Present Event

2023-06-06 19:00:00 2023-06-06 20:00:00 America/Chicago Navigate Your Stars: A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward, two time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice. Virtual -

Tuesday, June 06
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-06-06 19:00:00 2023-06-06 20:00:00 America/Chicago Navigate Your Stars: A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward, two time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice. Virtual -

Jesmyn Ward, two time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice.

Join us for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. Hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, Jesmyn will discuss her life, her literary vision and her unique perspectives on love and loss. Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of American Library Association, will join her in conversation.

Jesmyn Ward is the critically acclaimed author of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including bestselling Sing, Unburied, Sing, Salvage the Bones, and the memoir Men We Reaped. Her many honors include the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Strauss Living Award. In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice. The standout writer of her generation, Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. A professor of creative writing at Tulane University, Ward’s latest book, Navigate Your Stars, is an adaptation of her 2018 commencement address at Tulane that championed the value of hard work. 

Tracie D. Hall is an American librarian, author, curator, and advocate for the arts. She is the first African American woman to lead the American Library Association, where she's served as Executive Director since 2020, and fights for social justice, access to information, and universal broadband.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.

AGE GROUP: | High School | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Virtual | Entertainment | Culture | Books |

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