An Evening with Percival Everett
The Provost’s Writers Series highlights the extraordinary talents of USC authors. Throughout the year, Provost Elizabeth Garrett will host four evenings featuring USC faculty, who will read from and discuss their recent publications. The series will provide opportunities for students and the community to engage with USC authors, learn about the incredible diversity of their work and celebrate the written word.
Percival Everett is a distinguished professor of English at USC and “one of America’s most imaginative and industrious contemporary fiction writers” (Bookforum). He has authored 25 books of astonishing intelligence, inventiveness and variety, including Erasure, a satiric indictment of race and publishing, which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; the re-worked Greek myths Zulus and For Her Dark Skin; the epistolary novel A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid; and the westerns Watershed and Wounded. Everett’s latest novel, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, is by turns silly and sad, covering topics as varied and profound as Nat Turner, Vietnam, aging, racism and death. Everett will discuss and read from his work, followed by a conversation with Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature at USC.