author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
11:15 AM on Friday, October 23
Kiese Laymon is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He has taught at Vassar College and is currently John Grisham Visiting Writer at the University of Mississippi. His first novel, Long Division, is the story of a high school student named Citoyen and involves time travel and a novel within the novel that contains some strikingly familiar characters. The Boston Review calls it “a multilayered, allusion-packed, time-traveling plot… engaging complex questions of race, violence, gender, sexuality, and our relationship to history.” Laymon has also published a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.