Claudia Rankine. Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinksy.

Claudia Rankine. Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinksy.


I am trying to imagine what a conversation might be between Claudia Rankine and Marilynne Robinson. Two brilliant women, successful writers, deep thinkers. What would they talk about? Go and see! They will be in conversation at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Their appearance is part of the impressive lineup of writers who will come to the U this fall for the UMN English Writers Series.

The series begins Sept. 28, when Nami Mun will read at 7 p.m. at the Weisman Art Museum. Mun has received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Hopwood Award. Her first novel, "Miles from Nowhere," is about a Korean immigrant named Joon who becomes homeless in the Bronx.

Next up is Simone Muench on Oct. 5. She will read at 7 pm. at the Weisman. Muench is a poet, the author of five collections, including "The Air Lost in Breathing," which won the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry, and "Lampblack & Ash," winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry.

Rankine and Robinson will be in conversation on Oct. 19. Rankine is the author of "Citizen: An American Lyric," published by Graywolf Press and the first book to be named a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in two categories (poetry and criticism). (It won in poetry.) Robinson is the author of four novels and has won a Pultizer Prize, the Orange Prize and two NBCC awards.

The final writer is Mark Slouka, who will read at the Weisman at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. Slouka writes both fiction and nonfiction. His memoir, "Nobody's Son," will be published in October; it follows the lives of his parents, who escaped the Nazis and Communism in Czechoslovakia.

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