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WRITE AMERICA: Russell Banks, Major Jackson, & Alice McDermott

Monday, February 15th at 7pm
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Join us for the third episode of Write America featuring award-winning novelist and short story writer Russell Banks, award-winning poet Major Jackson, & National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. 

Order SIGNED/BOOKPLATED copies of the selected works of Russell Banks, Major Jackson, and Alice McDermott by adding the books to your cart below!

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RUSSELL BANKS grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. Through a dozen novels and short story collections that have won him Guggenheim and NEA grants and a St. Lawrence Prize for fiction, Banks has made a life’s work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things “normal” men can and will do. 

A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks’s titles include The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Affliction, Success Stories, Continental Drift, Searching for Survivors, Trailerpark, The Book of Jamaica, The New World, Hamilton Stark,  The Reserve, Lost Memory of Skin, and a collection of short stories titled A Permanent Member of the Family. He is also the author of Dreaming Up America, an American edition of his nonfiction book of essays, which was previously published in France under the title Amerique Notre Histoire.  In May 2008, Harper Collins published Outer Banks (which includes three of his previously published novels: Family Life, Hamilton Stark, and The Relation of My Imprisonment). Banks has contributed poems, stories, and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper’s and numerous others. His most recent book is a memoir titled Voyager. His next novel is titled Foregone (Ecco/Harper Collins, March 2021).  

Included among the numerous honors and awards Russell Banks has received are the Ingram Merrill Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Laure Bataillon Prize for best work of fiction translated into French, for the French edition of The Darling. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were Pulitzer Prize finalists; Affliction, Cloudsplitter and Lost Memory of Skin were PEN/Faulkner Finalists. Lost Memory of Skin was a Finalist for the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Banks was New York State Author (2004–2008) and is the founder and President of Cities of Refuge North America. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from seven colleges and universities. He is the winner of the 2011 Common Wealth Award for Literature. In 2011, the French Minister of Culture awarded Mr. Banks the rank of Officier des Arts et Lettres. In 2014 he was  inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

ALICE MCDERMOTT’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and The 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. In 2018, The Ninth Hour was awarded France’s Prix Femina for a work in translation. Her seventh novel, Someone, 2013, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998. That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers, Commonweal and elsewhere. She is the former Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

Her essay collection, What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in August, 2021.

MAJOR JACKSON is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry London and many other fine publications. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.


Foregone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063036758
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Published: Ecco - March 2nd, 2021

Cloudsplitter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060930868
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 1999

The Absurd Man: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324004554
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 25th, 2020

Roll Deep: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393353624
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 28th, 2017

The Ninth Hour: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250192745
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Published: Picador - September 4th, 2018

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What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374130626
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 17th, 2021

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