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PEN America Virtual Author’s Evening with Kiese Laymon

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Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT / 4:00pm PT
Location: Zoom
Suggested Donation to Attend: $125 per person

Join us for an intimate evening with Kiese Laymon in conversation with Dr. Sanderia Faye to discuss his groundbreaking fiction, memoir, and essays. This evening is hosted by Lauren Embrey.

Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, MS. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon battles with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. Laymon is “one of the most dazzling, inventive, affecting essayists working today” (NYLON) and “a star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR). He is the author of the award-winning memoir Heavy, the groundbreaking essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the genre-defying novel Long Division, which was reissued by Scribner in 2021.

A donation is suggested to attend this very special evening. The donation is considered 100 percent tax-deductible and supports PEN America’s mission to defend writers and free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Space will be limited to 25 guests to facilitate audience participation and discussion. Following your RSVP, you will be sent the Zoom meeting invitation. This is a private video meeting, and only guests who are on the RSVP list will be permitted to join.

Closed captioning is available for our Authors’ Evenings events upon request. Please email specialevents@pen.org within 24 hours of the program to include closed captioning.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact specialevents@pen.org.

To make the suggested donation online, please click the button above. PEN America also accepts donations through checks, wire transfers, and donor-advised funds. Please indicate in the notes or memo section that the payment is an “Author’s Evening donation,” and if possible, include the name of the event. PEN America’s mailing address and transfer information are below.

Please make checks payable to:
PEN America
Attn: Development Department/AE
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012

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