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Fiction Reading and Conversation

 dawes.Small.jpegBorn in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Dawes has published thirteen collections of poetry. In 2007, two books were released: a novel, She's Gone (Akashic Books), winner of the 2008 Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award for best First Novel, and A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative (Peepal Tree Books).
 thomas.jpgMichael Thomas was born and raised in Boston. He received his B.A. from Hunter College and his M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. Man Gone Down was a New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2007, a New York Times Notable Books of 2007, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007, and a Spring/Summer 2008 Book Sense Best Reading Group title.