Lannan Events for the 2017-2018 Season

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Colson Whitehead with Kevin Young

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Colson Whitehead is the author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Carnegie Medal for Fiction. The book chronicles the life of Cora, a slave on a cotton...

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Teju Cole with Sasha Weiss

Sunday 20 May 2018

Teju Cole—writer, art historian, photographer, and photography critic for the New York Times Magazine—is the author of the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times....

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Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Glenn Greenwald is an investigative journalist and author. A former constitutional lawyer, he founded the online global media outlet The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill in 2014. He is the author of...

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nick Estes

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades, working with...

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Óscar Martínez with Alfredo Corchado

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Óscar Martínez is an award-winning Salvadoran investigative journalist and co-founder of, the first online newspaper in Latin America providing in-depth coverage of migration, violence and organized crime in...

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Valeria Luiselli with Sonia Nazario

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and has lived in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe. She now lives in New York City. Her works have been widely translated and include the novels Faces in the...

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Nomi Prins with Juliet Schor

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Nomi Prins is a writer, investigative journalist, and public speaker. The author of six books, she is well-known for the exposé It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to...

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Colum McCann with Gabriel Byrne

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories, including Let the Great World Spin, TransAtlantic, and Thirteen Ways of Looking. In a 2013 interview the author said, “I believe in the...

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Aleksandar Hemon with John Freeman

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Aleksandar Hemon’s books include the novels The Making of Zombie Wars and Nowhere Man, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the story collections The Question of Bruno and Love and Obstacles. Born...

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Nancy MacLean with Greg Grandin

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of twentieth-century US history. She is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the...

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Roxane Gay with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic. Her works include the story collection Difficult Women and Ayiti, a blend of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry interwoven into a tale of the Haitian diaspora. In her essay...

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Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Diane Ravitch is the nation’s leading advocate for public education. She is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture,...

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Rachel Kushner with Michael Silverblatt

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Rachel Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, is set in Oriente, Cuba, in an expat community funded by the United Fruit Company and a nickel mine, during the years leading up to Castro’s revolution. Of the book, the...

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Clive Hamilton with Lisa Sideris

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Clive Hamilton is an Australian author, public intellectual, and professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He received his PhD from the Institute of Development Studies at the University...

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Teju Cole: Blind Spot

Brienzersee by Teju Cole19 May - 1 July 2018

Teju Cole’s Blind Spot is a combination of lyrical essay, travel journal, and philosophical reverie presented in stunning, formal color photographs paired with the artist’s texts, joining voice and vision within one frame.

Lannan Foundation Gallery

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2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize awarded to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Lannan Foundation has awarded a Cultural Freedom Prize to historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for the achievements of her lifetime of tireless work. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz, who is professor emerita at California State University—East Bay, is the author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Publishers, 2018), about the racist roots of the second amendment; An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2014); and eleven other books. She is an activist with the global indigenous people’s movement for national sovereignty, international recognition, and environmental rights. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz has also been involved in social movements for women’s equality, and for the rights of oppressed nations in Central America during the region’s civil wars.

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2017 Lannan Literary Awards & Fellowships

Shane McCrae, Literary Award for Poetry

Rickey Laurentiis, Literary Fellowship for Poetry

Roy Scranton, Literary Fellowship for Fiction

Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Literary Fellowship for Poetry

Mai Der Vang, Literary Fellowship for Poetry

Javier Zamora, Literary Fellowship for Poetry

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Nancy MacLean Awarded 2017 Cultural Freedom Award

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Duke University history scholar Nancy MacLean (Viking 2017) has won the 2017 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book.

Established in 2014, the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for An Especially Notable Book honors nonfiction works of particular relevance to the current historical moment. The award recognizes writers whose work is of particular scholarly or journalistic quality, and also has purpose in providing ideological tools to inform and support struggles for cultural freedom and social, economic, and racial justice.

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Marfa Public Radio Interview with Chinelo Okparanta

Marfa Public Radio logoListen to Marfa Public Radio’s interview with Lannan writer-in-resident, Chinelo Okparanta, discussing her work.

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Lannan Events Calendar 2017-2018

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