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Ellmann Lectures Return March 3-5

Those who appreciate literature’s ability to move, challenge, and delight readers have someplace important to be — the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts — from March 3-5.

The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature resume with the arrival of poet Natasha Trethewey and writer Fintan O’Toole. Their lectures will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize–winner Seamus Heaney, the inaugural Ellmann Lecturer, by deepening the love of words both spoken and written.

Trethewey and O’Toole have significant scholarly connections to Heaney and will lecture on the theme “Writing Lives,” examining the intersections of art, life, and writing.

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Tayari Jones on her literary lineage and choosing Atlanta

Tayari Jones—author, professor, and griot of the American South—has a lot on her plate. She teaches a creative writing class at Emory University, she has book blurbs due and forewords to file, and she has words in a just-released craft book, How We Do It, where her Emory colleague Jericho Brown gathered Black writers to explain “how they go about making what they make.” “I know I have a novel,” Jones writes, “when I have a question to which I don’t know the moral/ethical answer.” She is also putting the finishing touches on her fifth and forthcoming novel,  Old Fourth Ward, which is set squarely in Black Atlanta’s centers of gravity: the historic neighborhood adjacent to downtown Atlanta (and the book’s namesake) and Cascade Heights (her old stomping grounds).

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