Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In the News: Amina Gautier and her new book, At-Risk

In December, Amina Gautier, the second African American to have received the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award in the award's 30-year history, visited several Philadelphia-area high schools, including Overbrook High School and West Philadelphia High. 

She read selections from her new book, AT-RISK, and spoke with students. Gautier, who is a University of Pennsylvania alumna and former assistant professor at Saint Joseph’s University, is currently on faculty at DePaul University. 

The stories in AT-RISK are set in Brooklyn, where Gautier herself grew up, and focus on the lives of young African Americans who might all be classified as ‘at-risk,’ but who encounter different opportunities and dangers in their particular neighborhoods and schools and who see life through the lens of different family experiences. 

Gautier has several upcoming events in Ohio, Illinois, and Richmond.

Thu Feb 2, 2012
Cincinnati, OH: Miami University

Sat Feb 11, 2012
Chicago, IL: The Book Cellar

Tue Feb 14, 2012
Chicago, IL: DePaul University

Wed Feb 29, 2012
Richmond, VA: University of Richmond