Alumnus and English professor to hold Homecoming book event

Alumnus and English professor to hold Homecoming book event

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James Minick, a 1986 graduate of Lycoming College, and Dr. Andrew Leiter, assistant professor of English at the College, will participate in the Lycoming Authors book event Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., in the College Archives, Academic Center. Minick and Leiter will give brief readings of their work and chat with guests during the event, which is part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Minick published his memoir, "The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family," in August. It captures how Minick and his wife, Sarah, both schoolteachers, fulfilled their dream of owning a blueberry farm which they operated for more than a decade.

At 3:30 p.m., Minick will also hold a more in-depth, fireside discussion of his book on the first floor of Snowden Library.

Leiter's book, "In the Shadow of the Black Beast: African American Masculinity in Harlem and Southern Renaissances," was published earlier this year by Louisiana State University Press. It marks the first book-length study of the sexually violent African-American man as a literary phenomenon. The "black beast" theme was a fundamental element of writers from both Harlem and Southern Renaissances who explored its psychological, cultural and social ramifications.

Leiter's teaching specialty is 20th century American literature. He has particular interest in the textual intersections of racial representations by white and African-American authors.