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Flagler College Writers-in-Residence 2016

Andrea Chapin

Andrea Chapin

January 28th at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room

The Tutor: A Novel
Riverhead Books

Andrea Chapin is the author of THE TUTOR. She has been an editor at art, movie, theater and literary magazines, including The Paris Review, Conjunctions and The Lincoln Center Theater Review. She has written for such publications as More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, Martha Stewart Living and others. Chapin lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Read the NYTimes review:  A Manor of Family and Fiction


Sonja Williams

Sonja D. Williams

February 18th  at 7 p.m. in the Solarium

Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom
University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 978-0-252-08139-2

Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture.

In Word Warrior, award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham's astounding career. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks. Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series Destination Freedom and Here Comes Tomorrow and wrote for popular radio fare like The Lone Ranger. Incredibly, his energies extended still further--to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists.

Incisive and in-depth, Word Warrior tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.

Rhonda Riley Rhonda Riley

April 14th  at 7 p.m. in the Proctor Library, L-200

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 978-0062099440

Except for brief periods living in California, Ireland, and the Netherlands, Rhonda Riley has resided in Florida since she was a small child.  She completed her MFA at the University of Florida’s Creative Writing Program in 1992. Much of her writing has centered on the quirky, confounding generosities of her home state. Its subtropical landscape is a primary character in her first novel, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope (Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 2013). She lives in Gainesville, Florida and is currently working on a new novel set in India and the karst geography of southern China.