[CANCELED] The Art of the Debut

Conversation
05 May 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013

Debut novelist Brandon Taylor speaks with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who debuted last year, about the art of navigating their first novel. Both authors advance powerful, arresting chronicles of racism in contemporary America. On a predominantly white university campus in the Midwest, a young Black man learns how to confront truths about his sexuality that he concealed while growing up in Alabama in Taylor’s Real Life. Ruffin’s We Cast a Shadow turns a much more terrifying eye on the American South, here twisted into a dystopian future where African Americans are forced to wear tracking devices. In this intimate conversation, they talk about their books and the decisions they made in approaching these searing stories.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Brandon Taylor
Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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