The Campus Novel Before Trump, and After: T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with Namwali Serpell

Panel Discussion | October 12 | 7-9 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

 T. Geronimo Johnson; Namwali Serpell

 The Simpson Family Literary Project

T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Johnson has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Oregon State University, San Quentin, and elsewhere. His first novel, Hold It 'Til It Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; his second novel, Welcome to Braggsville, was longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and included on TIME’s list of the top ten books of 2015. He is the winner of the Inaugural Simpson Family Literary Prize.

Namwali Serpell was born in Lusaka, Zambia. An associate professor of English at Berkeley, where she teaches courses on fiction and literary criticism, Serpell is a noted critic, essayist, and writer of fiction. She is the author of Seven Modes of Uncertainty (Harvard University Press). Her work has been published in The Believer, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, McSweeney's, The Best American Short Stories, and n+1, and has been awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Her first novel, The Old Drift, is forthcoming with Penguin Random House.