Kekla MagoonOn Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 16), faculty member and alumna Kekla Magoon (’05) will discuss her book X: A Novel. Fellow faculty member Cynthia Leitich Smith will interview Kekla starting at 10 a.m. in the College Hall Chapel.

X: A Novel, written for young adult readers, follows the formative years of Malcolm X, one of the most influential African American figures of the 20th Century. Kekla co-wrote the book with Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcom X’s daughter. Released in 2015, the book won the 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens, among other honors.

This will be a popular event so please arrive early for seating. For those who can’t make it to campus, the interview will be live streamed here

Ahead of the MLK Day event, we’ll host an evening of readings on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. Visiting Writers Don Tate and Kathryn Eskine, along with new WCYA faculty member Martha Brockenbrough, will read from their latest works in the College Hall Chapel. After the reading, there will be a book signing at the VCFA bookstore.

For more information this residency’s visiting writers, click here. Information about Martha Brockenbrough can be found here.