Book fans all over the country are celebrating their favorites through The Great American Read, an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that inspired, moved, and shaped us. With such a rich literary history, it's hard not to find books and authors with a Southern connection on The Great American Read’s list. With classics like Gone With the Wind and modern favorites like The Help, it's easy to see why Southern tales, culture, and history have inspired so many great reads.
Join us for a discussion unpacking some of the themes found in Southern literature and the unique characters and landscapes that shape us—that make us laugh and make us cry.
Erich Nunn (Auburn University) will be moderated in conversation by GPB’s Bill Nigut.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Susana M. Morris is an Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and has previously taught at Spelman College and Auburn University. She is the author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature (UVA Press 2014) and co-editor, with Brittney C. Cooper and Robin M. Boylorn, of the anthology, The Crunk Feminist Collection (Feminist Press 2017). She is currently at work on her latest book project, which explores Black women’s relationships to Afrofuturism and feminism.