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John Edgar Wideman Kicks Off Black Writers' Conference

March 26, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Medgar Evers College

The life of Frantz Fanon, the black French psychiatrist turned philosopher, whose writings formed the intellectual ammunition for Algeria’s war of independence from France, is re-examined in John Edgar Wideman’s new novel, “Fanon.” In this, his first novel in a decade, the author weaves a pastiche of politics, history and biography to tell the story of the revolutionary thinker. One of the most prominent African American writers today, Mr. Wideman is the first author to have been awarded the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice. The reading, co-sponsored by Medgar Evers College and The Brooklyn Public Library, was the overture to the college’s nationally acclaimed Black Writers’ Conference, now in its ninth year.
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