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Pinckney, Whitehead to read from work, March 7

Writers Darryl Pinckney and Colson Whitehead will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Pinckney's works include the novel "High Cotton" and essay collections such as "Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature" and "Sold and Gone: Essays in African American Literature and U.S. Society." He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction and the Harold D. Vursell Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Pinckney's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications such as Granta, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Village Voice. A former Hodder Fellow at Princeton's Council of the Humanities, he also has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities.

Whitehead's first novel, "The Intuitionist," won the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award and was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His second novel, "John Henry Days," won the Young Lions Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His works also include "The Colossus of New York" and "Apex Hides the Hurt."

Whitehead has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He is a former pop culture critic and television columnist for The Village Voice, and his work also has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Granta, Harper's and Salon.

The event is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing.

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