Mohsin Hamid, Beverly Lowry, and Alora Young
On the Podcast: Mohsin Hamid, Beverly Lowry, and Alora Young

In this episode, meet novelist Mohsin Hamid, author of The Last White Man, fiction and non-fiction writer Beverly Lowry, author of Deer Creek Drive, and poet, actor, and student Alora Young, author of Walking Gentry Home. Hear all about the ways the spoken word elevated the language and experience of their works. Enjoy!

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Author: Mohsin Hamid
Read By: Mohsin Hamid

One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations. Some see the transformations as the overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. The Last White Man uplifts our capacity for empathy and the transcendence over bigotry, fear, and anger it can achieve.

In 1948, society matron Idella Thompson was viciously murdered in her own home. Her daughter, Ruth Dickins, told authorities a Black man had fled the scene, but no evidence of the man’s presence was uncovered. When Dickins herself was convicted, the community exploded. In Deer Creek Drive, Beverly Lowry—who was ten at the time of the murder and lived mere miles from the Thompsons’ home—tells a story of white privilege that still has ramifications today, and reflects on the brutal crime and the ways it clarified her own upbringing in Mississippi.

Author: Alora Young
Read By: Alora Young

Walking Gentry Home tells the story of Alora Young’s ancestors, from the unnamed women forgotten by the historical record but brought to life through Young’s imagination to her own mother, the teenage beauty queen rejected by her white neighbors to to Young in the present day as she leaves childhood behind and becomes a young woman. The lives of these girls and women come together to form a unique American epic in verse, one that speaks of generational curses, coming of age, and the ever-present legacy of slavery in our nation’s psyche.

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