April 15, 2010


Editor's Note
: This event has been cancelled. If it is rescheduled, a new date will be posted here.

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Author Danzy Senna will give a reading of her works on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The reading will be followed by a discussion and book signing.

Free and open to the public, the reading is hosted by The Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell as part of the series, "Facing Race: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Race and Its Meanings in the 21st Century."

Born in Boston, Danzy Senna is the daughter of African-American and Mexican poet Carl Senna and Irish-American poet and novelist Fanny Howe, who met as activists in the Civil Rights Movement.

Exploration of family history
Senna's latest book is the memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History (2009).

 "In her memoir, Senna explores her family history to understand her father and her parents' failed relationship," said Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies. "Delving into her parents' pasts, Senna examines the dynamics of her interracial parentage and searches for her father's true heritage. In doing so, she illuminates her own childhood and engages with constructions of identity."

Prior to the reading, Danzy will meet with a reading group at noon to discuss her memoir. The reading group has been exploring Senna's work throughout the semester and will attend and participate in the reading and discussion.

Notable author
Senna is the author of two novels. Caucasia (1998) received the Book-of-the-Month Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Symptomatic (2003) is a psychological thriller narrated by a biracial young woman who is often mistaken for being white.

The recipient of a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University, she holds her MFA in creative writing and doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where she received several creative writing awards.

Contact: Division of Communications

 


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