On Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00pm, Special guest moderator Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years, talks to the acclaimed author, John Edgar Wideman, about his newest collection of short stories, American Histories, and other literary ideas that inform his body of work. Hope you’ll join us on this historic occasion when two of America’s best writers talk about writing.

Admission is $40 and includes a signed copy of American Histories. There’s always something good cooking at the Harlem Arts Salon, and your admission comes with a signed hardcover copy of American Histories, a delicious home-cooked meal, food & wine. Copies of The Residue Years and Wideman’s Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till Files will also be available for purchase.


John Edgar Wideman

Wideman’s books include American Histories, Writing to Save a Life, Philadelphia Fire, Brothers and Keepers, Fatheralong, Hoop Dreams, andSent for You Yesterday. He is a MacArthur Fellow, has won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. He divides his time between New York and France.

In this singular collection, John Edgar Wideman, blends the personal, historical, and political to invent complex, charged stories about love, death, struggle, and what we owe each other. With characters ranging from everyday Amer  icans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, American Histories is a journey through time, experience, and the soul of our country.


“There is a reason why John Edgar Wideman is one of America’s most celebrated authors: he is very good.” -The Washington Post

“. . . a towering figure of American Literature . . . .” -The Nation

“Wideman is one of the great prose stylists of American fiction. . . .” -BookForum 

Special Guest Moderator:  Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson‘s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London.  Winner of a Whiting Award, Jackson’s novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award.

Jackson’s honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the BreadLoaf Conference, and the Center for Fiction. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University.


The Harlem Arts Salon

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