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HU Annual Read-In Selects Mat Johnson's 'PYM'
03/27/2014 - #55

Hampton, Va.— Hampton University’s Department of English has selected Mat Johnson’s novel “PYM” as the 2014 Annual Read-In book. The Read-In will take place on Tuesday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 2.

“The novel is a hoot!  It's fun to read, yet thought provoking.  We hope that attendees will enjoy discussing it and, hopefully, learning something new about American fiction,” said Professor DaRelle Rollins, co-chair of the Read-In.

The Read-In will begin with the Opening Session at 6:30 p.m. in Ogden Hall on April 1, during which Mat Johnson will read from, discuss, and entertain questions about his work on “PYM.”

The event will end with a mini conference on April 2 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications.

“The Read-In committee likes to select works that will appeal to the diversity of our students, their interests, and their youth,” said Rollins. "Mat Johnson's PYM was an obvious choice because of its newness and its revision of 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,' Edgar Allan Poe's only novel.”

Mat Johnson has written an array of great novels including “Drop”, “Hunting in Harlem,” the nonfiction novella ‘The Great Negro Plot,” and the comic books “Incognegro” and “Dark Rain.” He is also a recipient of the United States' Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a nominee for the Barnes & Nobles' Discover Great Writers, and the John dos Passos Prize for Literature.

The Read-In events are free and open to the public.

For more information, feel free to contact the Department of English at 757.727.5421 or visit libarts.hamptonu.edu.

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Media Contact: Gianina Thompson, University Relations, 757.727.5754, gianina.thompson@hamptonu.edu

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