Ralph Ellison is best known for writing “Invisible Man,” about an African-American who attempts to make sense out of his life, experiences and position in American society. The 1952 book transformed thinking about race, identity and what it means to be American.
The Library of Congress will celebrate the 98th birthday of Ellison with a reading and discussion of his work by award-winning authors Jabari Asim and Danielle Evans at noon on Thursday, March 1, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a tabletop display and a short presentation by the Library’s Manuscript Division on its Ralph Ellison holdings.
Asim and Evans, in addition to reading selections of Ellison’s prose, will discuss his influence on their own writing.
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