On Wednesday, January 18, the Ernest J. Gaines Center will host a book reading and discussion with esteemed writer, poet, and educator Crystal Wilkinson. Wilkinson is the 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her novel Birds of Opulence, which is described as a "lush, lyrical take on slavery's legacy among women in the twentieth century." Wilkinson's other works include Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street, which was a finalist for the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction and the 2003 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She is currently Appalachian Writer In Residence at Berea College.
The event takes place in the Gaines Center hallway on the third floor of Dupré Library on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It is free and open to the public. Visitors to campus may park in the Girard Park Circle Parking Garage.