Big Ideas: Can Literature Make a Damn Bit of Difference?
Location: Guthrie Theater
Day of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
• Regular: $15.00
• Member: $10.00
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as we host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance, issues, and opportunities that books bring to our lives and culture.
Co-presented with the Minnesota Book Publishers' Roundtable, and with generous venue support from the Guthrie Theater.
General tickets are $15 ($10 members).
There is also a special pre-reception at Spoonriver with Lisa Lucas and Marlon James for $160. It includes a reserved ticket to the event, appetizers, and a complimentary drink. Learn more about this special reception through this link.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James is a Loft board member and lives in Minneapolis.
About Big Ideas
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” James Baldwin said that. And we agree.
In a time when you can follow the news and access almost any piece of information at any time, it can feel overwhelming to even make sense of these fundamental questions about life and the world. At the Loft, we believe storytelling and poetry offer a way to take a deep dive into the big questions we face, providing new angles, empathies, and insights.
Big Ideas is a series from the Loft that puts literature at the center of dynamic conversations and brings together readers and writers to explore the most pressing issues and questions facing our society today.