Presentation Time – 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM
The Bonds of Love and Duty: A Discussion of American Spy
What if your sense of duty required you to betray someone you love? American Spy, Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel, asks this question. A genre-bending mix of Cold War spy thrills and literary fiction, the book follows a black female special agent, Marie Mitchell, and her involvement with Thomas Sankara, the real-life Marxist revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso. The author will discuss the themes of love, loyalty and patriotism that the novel explores and will wrap up the presentation by reading an excerpt from the book and taking questions.
About Lauren Wilkinson
Lauren Wilkinson earned an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer’s Fellow, and has received support from both the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her fiction and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from Granta, The Believer, and The Millions, among other publications. American Spy, her first novel, is a Spring 2019 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick. Lauren grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side.
Author photo credit: Niqui Carter