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Writers LIVE: Lawrence P. Jackson, Chester B. Himes: A Biography

In this definitive biography of Chester B. Himes, the African American author who had an extraordinary influence on black writers globally, Lawrence P. Jackson explores Himes' middle-class origins and his eight years in prison. He also recounts Himes' painful odyssey as a black World War II-era artist and his escape to Europe, where he became internationally famous for his Harlem detective series. Enhanced by friendships with Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Carl Van Vechten, Himes published twenty literary works over a long career, including the bestsellers If He Hollers, Let Him Go and Cotton Comes to Harlem.

Lawrence P. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Indignant Generation and other works.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of Jackson’s book for sale at a book signing following the program.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:30pm

Central Library, African American Department
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

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Milton A Dugger Jr

Milton A Dugger Jr left a positive review 9/20/2017

Dr. Jackson was charming and witty in his thorough presentation of his text. Excellent presentation.

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