Best American Essays 2011 by Robert Atwan

Best American Essays 2011 by Robert Atwan

The Best American Series(R) is a highly regarded collection that features the top works of short fiction and nonfiction in the United States. With its unrivaled reputation and widespread appeal, this annual series has become the premier platform for showcasing the finest literary talent in the country.

Each volume of the series is carefully curated by a dedicated series editor who scours through numerous magazines, journals, and websites to find exceptional pieces. From this vast pool of submissions, a distinguished guest editor, typically a renowned writer in the field, handpicks the best twenty or so works for publication.

One of the key factors contributing to the success of the Best American series is its unique selection process. By combining the expertise and discerning eye of the series editor with the distinctive perspective of the guest editor, the collection is able to offer a diverse and captivating array of essays.

The Best American Essays 2011, for instance, showcases the work of esteemed authors such as Hilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens, Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith, Reshma Memon Yaqub, and many other talented writers.

Whether you are a literary enthusiast seeking thought-provoking narratives or an aspiring writer looking for inspiration, the Best American series is a must-read. Its ability to consistently deliver exceptional quality and provide a platform for diverse voices has earned it both critical acclaim and widespread popularity.

The Best American Essays: A Journey of Discovery and Reflection

Introducing the Event

Good evening virtual audience!

Thank you for joining us tonight.

I am Maurice Lafleur and on behalf of Harvard Bookstore, I am pleased to introduce this event featuring Gerald Walker and Robert Atwan.

This event is being held virtually, and it is part of Harvard Bookstore’s effort to continue bringing authors and their work to our community during these unprecedented times.

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About Gerald Walker

Gerald Walker is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. He is the author of several books, including “The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult” and “Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption.”

His latest book, “How to Make a Slave and Other Essays,” has been recognized as a finalist for the National Book Award.

About Robert Atwan

Robert Atwan has been the series editor of “The Best American Essays” since it started in 1986. He has also edited numerous literary anthologies and has written essays, reviews, and poetry for various publications.

Conversation between Gerald Walker and Robert Atwan

During the event, Gerald Walker and Robert Atwan will discuss their books and engage in a conversation about their writing. Both authors will share insights into their work and answer questions from the audience.

How to Participate

If you have any questions for the speakers, you can submit them by clicking on the Q&A button at the bottom of your screen. The event will conclude with some time dedicated to addressing these questions.

In the chat, you will also find links to purchase Gerald Walker’s book “How to Make a Slave and Other Essays” and Robert Atwan’s book “The Best American Essays 2020” from Harvard Bookstore’s website. There is also a link to donate in support of the series and the bookstore.

Technical Issues and Conclusion

Please note that technical issues may arise during the event, but the staff will do their best to resolve them promptly. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Harvard Bookstore extends its gratitude to everyone for joining the event and supporting the authors and the bookstore.

About Harvard Bookstore

Harvard Bookstore is an independent bookstore located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It has a rich history of bringing authors and readers together and continues to serve its community through events and its online presence.

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