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Lit Youngstown's fall series to focus on Black authors

Zadie Smith's "The Autograph Man" will open the series on Wednesday.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown's fall series will focus on Black authors, beginning with Zadie Smith's "The Autograph Man" on Wednesday (Sept. 9).

The series meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom meetings will continue because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, the series will shift to the second Thursday of the month.

Of Smith's book, Alex Clark of The Guardian wrote: “'The Autograph Man' tells us how she [Zadie Smith] feels and what she thinks about  Jewishness and goyishness, Zen Buddhism, the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, being upgraded to business class, living on your own with a cat, the manic internationalism of hotel breakfasts, male bonding and female bravery, Ginger Rogers and Lauren Bacall.”

"The Autograph Man" is available at the Trumbull County Library and the Youngstown State University Barnes and Noble.

The lineup has:

  • Oct. 14 — (fiction) "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Nov. 11 — (poetry) "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay.
  • Dec. 9 — Any children’s book by a Black author.
  • Jan. 14 — (short stories) "The Thing Around Your Neck" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Feb. 11 — (fiction) "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead.
  • March 11 — (fiction) "We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo.
  • April 8 — (speculative fiction) "Parable of the Sower" by Octavia E. Butler.
  • May 13 — (fiction) "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones.
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