Walter Mosley and China Miéville Speak at Wellesley March 26
Mosley and Miéville Are Part of the Distinguished Writers Series in the Newhouse Center for the Humanities
On March 26 at 4:30 p.m., authors Walter Mosley and China Miéville will each share some of their work and join in discussion with the audience in the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities in Green Hall at Wellesley College. The event is free and open to the public.
The Distinguished Writers Series reminds us that reading, writing, conversation, and laughter are related arts. The venue is intimate and the format is simple: The writers read, have a conversation with a faculty member, and then engage in an open dialogue with the audience.
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 37 critically acclaimed books, including the major best-selling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work, which includes literary fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel, has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications, and has been translated into 23 languages. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe before his appearance at Wellesley, Mosley said: "Reading is one of the few active intellectual things we can do. Like most of the arts, painting or movies or music, just the appreciation of them doesn’t necessarily challenge you intellectually. Reading necessarily challenges you intellectually. It’s kind of wonderful."
China Miéville describes his fiction as "weird fiction" (after early 20th-century pulp and horror writers such as H.P. Lovecraft), and he belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird. His blog is called Rejectamentalist Manifesto. He is the author of King Rat; Perdido Street Station, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasuy Award; The Scar, which won the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; Iron Council, which won the Locus Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Looking for Jake, a collection of short stories; and Un Lun Dun, his New York Times-bestseling book for younger readers. He lives and works in London.
Please note that the Newhouse-sponsored Jordan Lecture featuring Hayden White, scheduled for April 4, has been canceled.
On April 9, poets Marilyn Nelson and Anis Mojgani will be at Wellesley for the final Distinguished Writers Series event.