CLEMSON — Literacy Festival poster Paul Beatty, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner and the first American to win the Man Booker Prize, will headline the 11th annual Clemson University Literary Festival, which runs April 4-6. His talk will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 100 Brackett Hall on campus.

Beatty has been called “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation.” His bestselling novel, “The Sellout,” was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Newsweek, The Denver Post, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

Alongside Beatty, many other nationally recognized authors, such as Geffery Davis, Scott Gould, Lily Hoang and Jamaal May, will read, serve on panels and participate in roundtable discussions.

“As the Clemson Literary Festival enters its 11th year, it has truly become an event that promotes the importance of the arts through the creativity literature provides,” said Abigail Fourspring, one of the festival’s student directors. “This year’s headliner truly embodies this literary excellence. Further, the event seeks to bring together both campus and Clemson community members by hosting portions of the Literary Festival at off-campus venues and welcoming all those who would like to attend.”

The Festival begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with an “Eclipse Over Clemson” book discussion featuring Ron Rash and a dozen other authors and photographers featured in the book. The Zeitgeist Poetry Series will also present a preview of Master of Fine Arts programs in South Carolina and readings by their faculty. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Since its inception in 2008, the Clemson Literary Festival has brought more than 100 writers to Clemson for readings, panels and discussions. Jointly sponsored by Clemson University and the city of Clemson, the festival is student-organized and aims to bring together students, faculty and the surrounding communities through a mutual appreciation of the arts. All events are free and open to the public.

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