2018 Virginia Festival of the Book Presents: In Pursuit of Truth – An Evening with the National Book Awards
Live Events | 03/24/2018 | 8:00PM
The 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book, the National Book Foundation, UVA Arts, and Encyclopedia Virginia and the Virginia Indian Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities present In Pursuit of Truth: An Evening with the National Book Awards at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book.
2017 National Book Awards finalists Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught) and David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon) join 2017 National Book Awards longlisted author Kevin Young (Bunk) in a discussion of the stories and facts their books bring to light, the hidden impacts of racism and social inequality in America that their work speaks to, and ultimately, the pursuit of truth in their award-winning nonfiction. National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas moderates. Book sales and signing will follow.
About the speakers:
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Nonfiction, is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She also serves as director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Nonfiction, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z. He is also the author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. His work has garnered several honors for outstanding journalism, including a George Polk Award. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI was selected as the Amazon Editors’ Pick for the Best Book of 2017.
Kevin Young, author of Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, a selection for the 2017 National Book Award in Nonfiction longlist, is also the author of a previous book of nonfiction, The Grey Album, and eleven books of poetry, including Blue Laws and Jelly Roll, both recognized (longlist and finalist, respectively) for the National Book Award. He is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and poetry editor for The New Yorker.
Lisa Lucas is the executive director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the publisher of Guernica, director of education at the Tribeca Film Institute, and on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
“[Never Caught is] …a fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom.”—Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial and Gateway to Freedom
“Exhuming the massive amount of detail is no mean feat, and it’s even harder to make it entertaining. But journalist David Grann knows what he’s doing. With the same obsessive attention to fact—in service to storytelling—as The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon reads like narrative-nonfiction as written by James M. Cain (there are, after all, insurance policies involved): smart, taut, and pacey. Most sobering, though, is how the tale is at once unsurprising and unbelievable, full of the arrogance, audacity, and inhumanity that continues to reverberate through today’s headlines.”—Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review
“[Bunk is] …a wild, incisive, exhilarating tour through Western culture’s sideshows and dark corners. Like a sideshow barker, Young writes with unbridled enthusiasm, a showman’s conviction, and a carny’s canny, telling a story that at times defies belief. And every word of it is true.”—Los Angeles Times