Leonard Pitts, Jr.Fiction, Nonfiction, Essays & Articles, Memoir
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130614, 20121116
For Father’s Day, we revisit 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, Leonard Pitts Jr., who has gained fame from his syndicated column that deals with social issues, race, and family life, that make up his book, Forward from This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2008.Pitts also discusses Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, which is part memoir about his own childhood with an abusive and semi-absent father. He talks about how those experiences influence his work, including his three fiction books, and reads from his 2012 novel, Freeman, about former slaves who return to the south after the Civil War in search of their scattered families.
Growing up in a Philadelphia apartment above a liquor store, poet Ellen Bass thought her childhood was "the most mundane, pedestrian, unpoetic world you could possibly live in," but after many years and the death of her parents, she finds herself ...
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