Spalding Literary Prize Presentation

When poet and professor Honorée Fanonne Jeffers decided to undertake novel-writing, she wasn’t about to go halfway. Released in 2021, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” is a particularly American epic. The tale follows the Garfield family from 19th-century slaves-and-enslaver through generations, to contemporary challenges and choices faced by sisters Ailey and Lydia. Quotes and philosophical concepts from Du Bois serve as a guiding spirit to this saga—and its National Book Critics Circle Award, Oprah’s Book Club selection, and multiple best-of-year citations speak to why its reputation can be expected to grow and last. Jeffers will be presented with this year’s Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature at a reading/signing Wednesday evening, as part of the autumn edition of Spalding University’s semi-annual Festival of Contemporary Writing.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Spalding University
6 p.m. | Free with registration

About the Author

Spalding Literary Prize Presentation

New Jersey–expatriate T.E. Lyons reconnected with the written word coincident with the arrival of his first child. His byline has since appeared on over a thousand reviews, previews, features, and fiction pieces–and a clutch of journalism awards. Favorite interview questions: “What’s your idea of good country music?” and “Do you think that last question was meant to bait you?” Reading and listening suggestions always welcome.


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