Interviewed by: Whitney Terrell
Catalog Number: 20190621
Novelist, professor, and mountain climber Russell Banks discusses his life and writing at a Literacy Kansas City event. Interviewed by fellow novelist and his former student Whitney Terrell, Banks discusses his childhood trauma and how its ripple effect played into his relationships. He also talks about his time spent traveling to places like Haiti and Jamaica, and how white America has overlooked and belittled the Native and minority populations of the country. Banks also reveals how these events, and more, have made their way into his writing, including his books, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, which have since been adapted into movies.
(Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0)
Arab-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis and is now a long-time resident of Texas with her husband, photographer Michael Nye. She discusses how her late father has impacte...
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