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Kenan to read from Katrina work, April 25

Author Randall Kenan, whose works focus on sexuality, class, race, religion and the American South, will read from new essays inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.

Kenan will read from "The Fire This Time," a book of essays that will be published in May. In the wake of Katrina, Kenan invokes James Baldwin's book of the civil rights movement, "The Fire Next Time," to ask how much progress has been made toward overcoming what Baldwin called America's "racial nightmare."

Kenan's other works include the novel "A Visitation of Spirits," the story collection "Let the Dead Bury Their Dead" and the documentary book "Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the 21st Century." He is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a frequent essayist on issues such as class, religion, being a gay African American and the failing perception that America has conquered racism.

The reading is sponsored by the Department of English, Center for African American Studies, University Center for Human Values, Program in Creative Writing and Council of the Humanities.

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