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On Revision: Kiese Laymon and Peter Ho Davies

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Tuesday, 6:00 pm EDT June 22, 2021

Online via Zoom

In a convocation address at Lawrence University, Kiese Laymon (Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America) told the virtual audience, “I think the honest answer to the question of how long did it take you to write Heavy is, I’m going to have to let you know when I’m done. The book is published but the book is not done.” Laymon, who recently purchased the rights to two of his previously published works, has reclaimed his work for the sake of revision and reissue.

Laymon will discuss the art and craft of revision with acclaimed novelist Peter Ho Davies (A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, The Welsh Girl), the author of the newest volume in the Art of series, The Art of Revision: The Last Word (available for pre-order; out November 2, 2021). Laymon’s revised and reissued novel Long Division (out June 1, 2021) is available to order in paperback and hardcover.


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Long Division - Cover Art - Zach Cihlar

In Conversation

  • Davies, Peter Ho (Lynne Raughley) MAIN - Zach Cihlar

    Peter Ho Davies

    Peter Ho Davies

    Peter Ho Davies is the author of three novels, including A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, and two story collections. The winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the PEN/Malamud Prize, he teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor.

  • Kiese Laymon - Author Photo_no credit - Zach Cihlar

    Kiese Laymon

    Kiese Laymon

    Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.