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November 12, 2013 > Award-Winning novelist to speak

Award-Winning novelist to speak

Submitted By Barry Zepel

Keenan Norris, winner of the James D. Houston Award in 2012 for his debut novel ÒBrother and the Dancer,Ó will read from and discuss his book Monday, November 18, as part of Cal State East BayÕs Distinguished Writers Series, presented by the universityÕs English department.

The East Bay-educated Norris received numerous positive reviews for ÒBrother and the Dancer,Ó including one from Jerry W. Ward Jr., distinguished professor of English and African American World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans.

ÒBrother and DancerÕ is a multi-layered story about urban modernity, class conflicts within the territory of ethnic histories, loveÕs options and existential rites of passage from childhood and youth into adulthood,Ó said Ward. ÒNorris does not barter with platitudes. His writing demands a sophisticated use of cultural literacy to discern psychological and spiritual patterns that complicate the lives of American youths.Ó

Norris is an educator, teaching English and African American literature at Evergreen College in San Jose, where he also promotes the AFFIRM (Academic Force For Inspiration Retention and Matriculation) program. The young writerÕs fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Santa Monica, Green Mountains and Evansville reviews and Connotation Press. He also is an editor of critical essays for Scarecrow Press.

Norris earned a masterÕs in fine arts from Mills College in Oakland and a doctorate from UC Riverside. Admission to the event is free, and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow.

Author Keenan Norris
Monday, Nov. 18
6 p.m.
Discuss ÒBrother and the DancerÓ
Cal State East Bay, Biella Room of the University Library
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
Parking: $2 per hour

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