R125. [CANCELLED] Everyday Magic, Community as Protagonist, and Other Narrative Strategies from the Rest of the World

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The Western world’s approach to fiction is predominantly a Hamlet-like exploration of the individual psyche as if that psyche is isolated from the surrounding culture, an approach so frequently seen as to have become the default assumption that this is what literature has to be. This panel explores how alternative conceptions and storytelling modes—such as how community makes us who we are, or "magical events" as an everyday reality—informs the work of writers from other cultures.


Tony Eprile is the author of the Koret Award-Winning novel, The Persistence of Memory, and a collection, Temporary Sojourner & Other South African Stories, both NYTBR Notable Books. He has written book reviews (New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation) about African literature and he has taught widely.

Tracey Baptiste is the author of The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies, the novel Angel's Grace, and nonfiction kids books like The Totally Gross History of Ancient Egypt. Ms. Baptiste teaches at Lesley University, and runs the editorial company Fairy Godauthor.

Susan Power is the author of three books: The Grass Dancer (winner of a PEN/Hemingway Award), Roofwalker (winner of a Milkweed National Fiction Prize), and the new novel, Sacred Wilderness. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside