Valerie Babb is Franklin Professor of English and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia. This event is a conversation and signing of her new book A History of the African American Novel, published by Cambridge University Press.
Tim Armstrong of the University of London writes, "This compendious work is a major achievement: Valerie Babb has carefully excavated a huge tradition, spanning more than 150 years and many kinds of writing. She has made a compelling argument for an African American tradition, while also acknowledging that some black writers wished to place themselves outside or at odds with that tradition. With its meticulous and wide survey, the book opens up a wealth of forgotten and neglected texts in every chapter."
Book signing, conversation, and refreshments sponsored by The Willson Center of Humanities and Arts.