RANDALL KENAN

Randall Kenan’s first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published by Grove Press in 1989. His collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among the New York Times Notable Books of 1992.  He is also the author of a young adult biography of James Baldwin (1993), and wrote the text for Norman Mauskoff's book of photographs, A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta (1997). Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1999, and was nominated for the Southern Book Award.  His latest book, The Fire This Time, was published in May 2007. He is currently working on a novel, There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names, set in North Carolina and New York City; and a collection of short stories, If I Had Two Wings.  Recently, he edited and wrote the introduction to The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin (Pantheon, 2010). Currently, he is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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