Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-02-07

Ravi Howard, author of the novel Like Trees, Walking, will speak at Samford University Monday, Feb. 14, as part of the Samford Writers Series.  The 7 p.m. lecture in Divinity Hall North Room 302 is open to the public free.

            Howard’s book, a fictionalized account of a true story, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Ala., won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Outstanding Southeastern Author-Fiction Award from the Southeastern Library Association.  Howard was a finalist for both the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2008. 

            His essays have appeared in The New York Times and on NPR’s All Things Considered.  He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

            Howard resides in Mobile.


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