Interview with author Kekla Magoon for The Great Michigan Read 2017-2018: "X: A Novel"

May 14, 2018

Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, authors of "X: A Novel"
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Kekla Magoon is the author of ten young adult novels, and one of them was selected as the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read (a book club for the entire state with a focus on a single book).  The book is "X: A Novel," by author Kekla Magoon, and along with Ilyasah Shabazz (one of Malcolm X's daughters), they tell a fictionalized account of Malcolm X as a young man.  The book also explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the author by phone regarding the novel, its Michigan background and the honor of being selected for the Great Michigan Read (and numerous other accolades).

"X: A Novel" is the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read for 2017-2018
Credit MichiganHumanities.org

Kekla will have events across the Upper Peninsula and Upper Lower Michigan:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Evening event with the Peter White Public Library

Venue: 217 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855

Event begins at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Daytime event with the Munising School Public Library

Venue: 810 State Hwy. M-28 W., Ste. A, Munising, MI 49862

Event begins at 10 a.m.

Evening event with the Escanaba Public Library

Venue: 400 Ludington Street, Escanaba, Michigan 49829

Event begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Daytime event with the Bayliss Public Library

Venue: 541 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Event begins at 1 p.m.

Evening event with the Petoskey District Library

Venue: 461 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770

Event begins at 7 p.m. in the Crooked Tree Arts Center auditorium, located directly across the street from the library.

Find out more about the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read here.