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Race, Identity and the New Great American Stories

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The Laundry

3359 26th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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#ScribdChat in partnership with The New York Times

How can great fiction writing help us contend with painful issues of race and identity?

In “There There,” one of The Times’s 10 Best Books of 2018, Tommy Orange follows 12 characters from Native communities, exploring the notion of belonging. And the stories in Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’sFriday Black,” a Times 100 Notable Books selection, present dystopian worlds that expose some of the injustices black Americans face daily.

The Times's national correspondent John Eligon talks candidly with Orange and Adjei-Brenyah about how they’ve addressed race and identity through storytelling.



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6:00 - 6:30 PM: Networking with hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Race, Identity, and the New Great American Stories

7:30 - 8:00 PM: Book signing, networking, and departure



ABOUT TOMMY ORANGE

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.

ABOUT NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Esquire, Guernica, Printer's Row, and the Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him with the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize. He was selected by Colson Whitehead for the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." He is the 27-year-old son of Ghanaian immigrants and lives in Syracuse.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

John Eligon is a national New York Times correspondent covering race, based in Kansas City. His work documents the nuances of America’s struggle with race issues, from the protest movement over police violence to the changing face of the nation’s cities and suburbs.

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