Jamaica KincaidFiction, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130308, 20120720
Known for her 1985 novel Annie John, and her early “Talk of the Town” pieces for the The New Yorker, Caribbean-American writer Jamaica Kincaid frequently blurs the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. Born Elaine Potter Richardson in colonial Antigua, Kincaid reads from her 2002 novel, Mr. Potter, in which she explores the life of a philandering chauffeur who bears a striking resemblance to her own biological father, and from her 1997 memoir, My Brother. Kincaid also discusses how she approaches difficult issues, such as poverty, AIDS, and the dissolution of families within her work. Her novel, See Now Then, which she previewed at the 2012 Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series at the University of Kansas, is now available.
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