LSC-Tomball Hosts Award-Winning Writer of African American fiction

Published on: February 04, 2013

On February 21, 2013, LSC-Tomball’s Inkling Creative Writing Club will be hosting a reading, Q&A session and book signing by award-winning author Mat Johnson. The free event is open to the public and begins at 12:30 p.m. in the LSC-Tomball Commons, Room N-103.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Johnson will be reading from his recent hit novel “Pym” (part adventure, part meditation of race, literature and obsession set against Edgar Allan Poe’s novel “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”) as well as discussing other works, including “Hunting in Harlem,” “Drop,” and his graphic novels “Incognegro” andDark Rain.”

Recipient of a United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, Johnson has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut for his ironic vision and passionate humanitarianism, James Baldwin for his probing intelligence, and Dany Laferriere for his scalding satire.

Johnson was born and raised in the Philadelphia area to an Irish-American father and African American mother, and writes primarily about the lives of African Americans using fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels as mediums.  Currently he is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, a scholar of African American literature, and, despite his fame, first and foremost a father.  “I still have to get the kids ready for school in the morning.”

LSC-Tomball is located at 30555 Tomball Parkway (off State Highway 249 and Zion Road).  For more information, contact Catherine Olson at 281.357.3776 or catherine.h.olson@lonestar.edu.