Close Conversation: Interpreting James Baldwin Today

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, POETS CORNER

Nicholas Boggs and Gabrielle Bellot join Elizabeth Howard in conversation about the novel If Beale Street Could Talk, recently released as a movie and directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, and Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin with illustrations by Yoran Cazac. Little Man was republished in 2018 with an introduction by Nicholas Boggs and Jennifer DeVere Brody.

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Cut, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Guernica, and many other places. She holds an M.F.A. and PhD, both in English, from Florida State University, and she teaches workshops at Catapult and Gotham Writers Workshop in New York.

Nicholas Boggs teaches in the Department of English at New York University. He is the co-editor and author of the introduction to James Baldwin's children's book, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (Duke, 2018) and his writing has been anthologized in The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin and James Baldwin Now. He is currently at work on a literary biography of Baldwin, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Elizabeth Howard is the inaugural Madeleine L'Engle Fellow at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She is an author and journalist and is currently working on a book entitled: Uncommon Vision: Extraordinary Lives.

This is one in a series of conversations organized by The Congregation of Saint Saviour at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine around society, culture and spirituality and opening up discussions around race, education and injustice.