Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk) will feature Roxane Gay, award-winning author and contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:30 PM. This is the third virtual event in a new program series offered by public libraries in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and University of Iowa Libraries with support from The Tuesday Agency.
Roxane Gay won the Paul Engle Prize presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature in 2016. Trailblazing, luminous, essential reading, and deeply moving are among the descriptions used for her writing. Gay is the author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, as well as the bestselling books Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. She is the first Black woman to become a lead writer for Marvel with the comic book series World of Wakanda (Black Panther). Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with the Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City public libraries on the Local Libraries LIT initiative. ‘We’re in it together’ has been a common refrain of late,” says John Culshaw, Jack B. King University Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries “and the joint effort of our libraries to virtually welcome talented writers like Roxane Gay is a reminder of how the power of story helps to inspire, build, and maintain diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.”
The goal of Local Libraries LIT is to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Open to the public.
Reservations for this free event can be made here via the Iowa City Public Library. RSVP is required to attend.
News release from Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk).