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Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jesmyn Ward was an unknown novelist when her second book, Salvage the Bones, won the National Book Award in 2011. She’s recently written a memoir called The Men We Reaped that ended up on a lot of best-of 2013 lists. Both books look at the rough parts of life in a small town ...

Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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Jesmyn Ward on Men We Reaped

Monday, September 30, 2013

Jesmyn Ward talks about losing five young men in her life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the problems poverty brings, particularly for black men. In Men We Reaped she writes of the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends and of her exploration into the forces that shaped their lives and led to their deaths—the racism and economic struggles that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships.

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That harrowing experience inspired Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones. It won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction. It’s a rare depiction of ...

Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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Bold, Beautiful Violence In A Strange, Savage Town

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For a writer, each novel is a labor of love. But what about the reader's toil? Author Jesmyn Ward explains why the beautiful and brutal Death in Spring, by Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, is worth its weight in trials and tribulations.

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of her summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. In the days leading up to the storm, she was supposed to return to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start teaching. "But because I’m always so homesick,” she tells Kurt Andersen ...

Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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