Time & Location
Sep 09, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
About the Event
Jason Mott's 2021 National Book Award winning novel, Hell of A Book, will be our lens through which to see and talk about what a story is and how telling a story- and therefore-how reading a story will have changed especially in the last 100 years since James Joyce's Ulysses was published. We will look at Mott's inventive style, his role as author in writing about the subjects of race, place, family, and love, along with the sometimes-messy boundaries between truth and fiction, history and imagination and the invented self-vs. the externally perceived identity. Mott's novel challenges the traditions of what it means to be an author, what it means to be a character, and what a plot is. Hell of a Book gives us the wonderful opportunity to talk about what it means to be a reader and how literature gives and demands that we change as readers.
Location: Private Residence
Presenter: Mimi Fenton taught literature at Western Carolina University and served as the Dean of the Graduate School and Research. A scholar of early modern literature, she specializes in the work of John Milton. She has won multiple teaching awards and was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary in 2018.