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On America: Nell Irvin Painter on I Just Keep Talking with Doreen St. Félix

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT April 30, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Center for Fiction welcomes Nell Irvin Painter, esteemed historian and the New York Times bestselling author of The History of White People, to celebrate her new essay collection I Just Keep Talking. Named one of Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2024, the collection compiles over 40 of the most vibrant and insightful essays from Painter’s illustrious writing career. Her writings span topics of art, politics, racism, and identity, delving deep into figures like Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and more. The essay collection is woven together by Painter’s original artwork and framed by a new introduction and coda. With its sharp and complex analysis, I Just Keep Talking is a stunning portrait of America and its failures that could only have been written by one of the most influential and important historians of this century. New Yorker staff writer and MacDowell board chair Doreen St. Félix joins Painter for a rousing conversation on the curation of the new collection and its unique combination of art and essays. After the conversation, Painter will sign books.

After the event, there will be a post-event reception sponsored by the event co-presenter MacDowell.

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In Conversation

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    Nell Irvin Painter

    Nell Irvin Painter

    Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, is the author of books including the New York Times bestseller The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and the National Book Critics Circle finalist Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2007, she has received honorary degrees from Yale, Wesleyan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dartmouth. After a Ph.D. in history from Harvard, she earned degrees in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and the Rhode Island School of Design. Nell Painter lives and works in East Orange, New Jersey, and has made artists’ books in residencies such as MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross, and Bogliasco. She currently serves as Madame Chairman of MacDowell.

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    Doreen St. Félix

    Doreen St. Félix

    Doreen St. Félix is a writer and critic. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2017. She is a winner of the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary.

About MacDowell

Each year, MacDowell, the nation’s oldest and preeminent artist residency welcomes 300 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers from across the United States and around the globe to its 31 private studios. More than 16,000 residencies have been awarded in the last 117 years. Recipients have included Ayad Akhtar, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Louise Erdrich, Osvaldo Golijov, Cathy Park Hong, Leonard Bernstein, Dee Rees, Vijay Seshadri, Ann Patchett, Jenji Kohan, Colson Whitehead, and Meredith Monk. Best-selling author and visual artist Nell Painter is the chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors. While the program takes place on 450 wooded acres in Peterborough, NH, MacDowell also has offices, a gallery, and event space in New York City.