Internationally acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist
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About Percival Everett
Percival Everett is one of the most innovative, provocative, and prolific writers of our time. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, he has produced a captivating and immensely diverse collection of genre-bending literary works that challenge and inspire readers to contemplate and reconsider the societal and cultural forces that shape our worldviews.
In his wide-ranging literary works, Everett examines a plethora of questions at the core of what it means to be human. From “western” and epistolary novels and wild capers to retellings of Greek mythology, short stories, and poetry, Everett boldly tackles different styles and formats, turning each into his own in the process. With his sharp observations and biting wit, he explores everything from race, politics, gender, and power to family, purpose, the battle between love and intellect, and what it truly means to be alive.
In his engaging talks, he shares fascinating anecdotes about how he created his diverse bibliography and his unique approach to the creative process.
Everett’s forthcoming novel, James, is a brilliant, action-packed reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—both harrowing and ferociously funny—told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view. His most recent books include Dr. No (winner of the 2023 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction), The Trees (finalist for the Booker Prize and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award), Telephone (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), So Much Blue, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. He has also written acclaimed short story and poetry collections.
Everett received the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction—among many other literary awards—and was also the recipient of a 2023 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
The Art of Contemporary Fiction
From revisionist westerns to crime novels and retellings of Greek mythology, Percival Everett is a master at taking well-known literary styles or tropes and flipping them on their heads to help readers view the world through creative new lenses. In this engaging lecture, audiences discover the historical events, societal issues, and literary influences that have inspired the range of subjects he tackles in his works and how and why he takes a unique approach to each.
A Conversation with Percival Everett
As the author of more than thirty novels as well as poetry and short story collections, Everett reflects on the personal experiences, interests, and passions that play into the art he creates as well as the craft and research involved in his writing process, and then takes questions from the audience.
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