On Thursday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m., in the Arts and Sciences Hall room 107, two prominent black British writers, Bernardine Evaristo and Colin Grant, will give a public reading at Seton Hall. Their stop in South Orange, NJ will be part of the Breaking Ground US Tour organized in association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.
Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of seven books including her new novel, "Mr Loverman." Her writing is characterized by experimentation, daring, subversion and challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities. Her books range in genre from poetry, verse-novels, a novel-with-verse, a novella, short stories, prose novels, radio and theatre drama, and literary essays and criticism. Her awards include the EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, a NESTA and the Arts Council Writer's Award. Her books have been a "Book of the Year" twelve times in British newspapers and magazines and her novel "The Emperor's Babe" was a Times "Book of the Decade." "Hello Mum" has been chosen as one of twenty titles for World Book Night in 2014. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and she received an MBE in 2009.
Colin Grant is a historian, producer for BBC radio and Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books include: "Negro with a Hat," a biography of Marcus Garvey; "I&I, The Natural Mystics," a group biography of the original Wailers; "Bageye at the Wheel," his memoir of a 1970s suburban childhood in Luton which was short-listed for the Pen/Ackerley Prize.
This event is made possible through a generous grant by the Dean of the College of Arts and Science. The Department of History (a Seton Hall University Center of Excellence), the Department of English, Africana Studies Program, and the Women and Gender Studies Program provided additional support.