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The Words of Wideman to be Shared in Reading

Pittsburgh native and literary giant John Edgar Wideman will return to the city to present a free reading and book signing. Wideman was the second black American to become a Rhodes Scholar and the first author to receive the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice for fiction. In addition to the Anisfield-Wolf 2011 Lifetime Achievement Book Award for his contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity, he has received a MacArthur "Genius Grant" and many other awards.

In such works as Sent for You Yesterday, Philadelphia Fire, and Brothers and Keepers, Wideman has focused on the contemporary, urban experiences of African American men. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, establishing the African American Studies Department, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Wyoming and Brown University.

His reading will be presented by the Hill House Association and Duquesne University's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

When: Friday, March 27, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Kaufmann Center of the Hill House Association, 1825 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh 15219

Admission: Free; reception to follow

Information: cetr@duq.edu, 412.396.5893

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