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The Center for Fiction Presents De'Shawn Charles Winslow on Decent People with Garth Greenwell

Wednesday, 7:00 pm EST February 8, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize-winning author De’Shawn Charles Winslow (In West Mills) returns to celebrate his newest, unforgettable novel, Decent People. A propulsive mystery with crucial social commentary, Decent People is set among the Black community in the fictional town of West Mills. The town is reeling from a triple homicide and the secrets the killings reveal. Award-winning novelist Garth Greenwell joins Winslow for a conversation on this powerful novel about shame, race, homophobia, money, and the reckoning required to heal a fractured community.

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In Conversation

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    De’Shawn Charles Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s first novel, In West Mills, was the winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Lambda Literary Award, Publishing Triangle Award, and Willie Morris Award for Southern Writing. He has been featured as a “Writer to Watch” in the New York Times and one of the “Black Male Writers of Our Time” in T, The New York Times Style Magazine. He was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in Atlanta, GA.

    Photo Credit: Julie R. Keresztes

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    Garth Greenwell

    Garth Greenwell

    Garth Greenwell is the author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2021 Vursell Award for prose style from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York.

    Photo Credit: Oriette D’Angelo