SUNY Oneonta News

March 16, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- As the third installment of the Spring 2010 Red Dragon Reading Series at the SUNY College at Oneonta, novelist and short-story writer Randall Kenan will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Admission to the event is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Randall Kenan is the author of several books, including the novel "A Visitation of Spirits" and the short-story collection "Let the Dead Bury Their Dead." The collection was nominated for the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among "The New York Times" Notable Books of 1992.

Kenan is also the author of a young adult biography of James Baldwin, and he wrote the text for Norman Mauskoff's book of photographs, "A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta." He was nominated for the Southern Book Award for "Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century," which is a chronicle of the six years Kenan traveled across North America in pursuit of an answer to the question "What does it mean to be black in America today?"

Kenan has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the 1997 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill. Following Randall Kenan's appearance on March 31, the Spring 2010 Red Dragon Reading Series at SUNY Oneonta will conclude with a reading by novelist Heidi Durrow on Tuesday, April 20.

Kenan's appearance at SUNY Oneonta is supported by an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action (IDEA) grant from the College and sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Department of English and Center for Multicultural Experiences.

More information about the Red Dragon Reading Series is available from Dr. George Hovis of the SUNY Oneonta Department of English at (607) 436-2571.




For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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