“Deesha Philyaw uses the comic, the allegorical, and the geographic to examine Black intimacies and Black secrets. Her work is as rigorous as it is pleasurable to read.” –Kiese Laymon
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Please join Square Books and the University of Mississippi in welcoming the 2022-2023 Grisham Writer-in-Residence Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Deesha will be in conversation with local author and friend Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of World of Wonders. Monday, September 12th @ 5:30 PM · Off Square Books.
About the Author
Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Philyaw is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.
About the Host
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the NYT bestselling book, World of Wonders (nature essays), a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction and Barnes and Noble’s 2020 Book of the Year. She has also written four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other honors for her writing include Guggenheim and fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Council. She is the poetry editor of The Sierra Club’s SIERRA magazine and is on faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and professor of English and creative writing in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford with her husband, the writer Dustin Parsons, and their two sons.