Southern Methodist University will bring about 100 popular authors to Dallas for the return of its literary festival this month.

Dallas Literary Festival headlines Nikole Hannah Jonesauthor of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. Jones closes the festival at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.

The theme of the festival is “Resilience”, and the first events will take place on March 18, featuring David Treuer and DeMaris Hill.

Here is a description:

truer The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a new tale that shows how Native Americans maintained their culture and civilization through dark years, while Hill’s Better Spent Breath: Living Black Girlhood is a verse narrative that takes a personal and historical look at the experience of black youth. Truer and Hill will speak at 7 p.m. in SMU’s McCord Auditorium at Dallas Hall.

The festival also includes this program for two days of round tables:

March 19 at Dallas Hall

  • Eric Dickerson, SMU and NFL football great, Look at my smoke
  • Novelist Nathan Harris, The sweetness of waterOprah’s June 2021 Book Club Pick
  • Joaquin Zihuatenejo, National Poetry Slam Finalist, Spoken Word Grand Slam Champion
  • W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times hit triology A dog’s purpose, a dog’s way home, a dog’s courage
  • Long-time narrative writer Catherine Prendergast, The golden edge, named by clean art as one of the top 20 art books in 2021.

March 20 at the African American Museum in Fair Park

  • Dawnie Walton, The final revival of Opal and Nev2021 Good Morning America Buzz Pick, named one of the best books of 2021 by Barack Obama, the Washington Post, NPR
  • Elisa Dusapin, Winter in SochkoWinner of the National Book Award 2021 for translated literature
  • Researcher and commentator Jelani Cobb, author of The Matter of Black Lives: writing from The New Yorker
  • Culinary historian Adrian Miller, Black smoke
  • Daniel Black, author of Do not Cry for Me, Selection of the book of the month for February 2022

Find here the complete program of festival events, free but on registration.

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