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Friday Black (Diversity Index # 8670)

Thu. Mar 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online (Zoom)

Bauder Lecture and Bauder Awards – Howard County Book Connection The Howard County Book Connection committee has selected Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black as its choice for the 2020-2021 academic year. Adjei-Brenyah’s collection of twelve short stories is his debut work. A bestseller, it received the 2019 PEN/Jean Stein Writing Award among many other prizes. Adjei-Brenyah, a professor at Syracuse University, uses fiction, humor, and shock to get his readers to reflect on some of society’s major issues, such as race relations and consumerism. As a student at the State University of New York at Albany, AdjeiBrenyah attended a campus lecture by George Saunders, esteemed author and faculty member at Syracuse University. To get a signed copy of the author’s work, Adjei used the little money that he had (meant for a textbook) to buy a copy of Saunders’s book. Three years later, Adjei-Brenyah would obtain his Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse as one of Saunders’ students and move on to a successful career of his own as an author and teacher.

Thanks to a generous grant by Dr. Lillian Bauder, a community leader and resident of Columbia, the Book Connection’s author lectures are now endowed and will be an annual event known as The Bauder Lecture, and the chosen book will be celebrated with two student awards. More information will be provided soon about criteria and deadlines for the Don Bauder Essay Award and Don Bauder Creative Expression Award, given in honor and memory of Mr. Don Bauder, late husband of Dr. Lillian Bauder and champion of civil rights and social justice
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