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Novelist James Hannaham to Present a Reading of His Works on November 3

Free public event to be held in Room 305 of Kauke Hall at The College of Wooster

25 October, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster will welcome novelist James Hannaham to campus for a reading of his works on Thursday, November 3. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 305 of Kauke Hall (400 East University Street). Refreshments will be available following the reading, along with a book-signing by the author and a chance to talk with him individually about his work.

James Hannaham's latest novel Delicious Foods (Little, Brown 2015) won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, The Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of 2015.

In Delicious Foods, Hannaham tells the gripping story of Darlene, a mother and widow, who is held captive by her employers and her own demons on a mysterious farm. Darlene’s haunted struggle to reunite with her son in Delicious Foods is a uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.  In a review of the novel, The New York Times declared Hannaham "A writer of major importance,” adding that “Moments of deft lyricism are Hannaham's greatest strength, and those touches of beauty and intuitive metaphor make the novel's difficult subject matter easier to bear.”

In a review in The Washington Post, critic Ron Charles described Delicious Foods as a “sensational new novel about the tenacity of racism and its bizarre permutations … the sharpest, wittiest, most unsettling cultural criticism I've read in years.” About Delicious Foods, writer and critic Roxane Gay wrote, “A grand, empathetic, and funny novel about addiction, labor exploitation, and love ... Delicious Foods should be read for its bold narrative risks, as well as the heart and humor of its author's prose."

Hannaham’s earlier novel, God Says No (McSweeney’s 2009) was honored by the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards. The author has also published short stories in One Story, Fence,Story Quarterly, and BOMB. He has contributed to the Village Voice since 1992, and his criticism, essays, and profiles have appeared in Spin, Details, Us, Out, Buzzfeed, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. He teaches in the Writing MFA Program at the Pratt Institute in New York City.

Additional information about Hannaham’s reading is available by phone (330-287-1942) or email.