Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of the critically acclaimed book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, will discuss her writings as the featured speaker for the fourth annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture. The free, public event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 12 in Severance Hall.
In 2004, Random Family won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award®, which recognizes recent books that have made important contributions to understanding racism and appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures, and was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.
LeBlanc's work often focuses on poverty and adolescence, providing what critics called "mastery as an observer of human character." Her subjects tend to be marginal figures—prostitutes, drug dealers and female gang members—but she makes their mundane, gritty lives riveting to readers. For Random Family, LeBlanc spent ten years getting to know the two young Latina women whose complicated lives, and the risks they face, she traces in her book.
A 2006 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," LeBlanc has written documentary-style pieces for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Yankee Magazine and The Village Voice, among others.
Her current project is a book exploring the lives, dreams, and realities of stand-up comedians.
The free, public event is presented by Case Western Reserve University's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and SAGES, in conjunction with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and the Cleveland Foundation.
To learn more, call (216) 368-8961 or visit the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities online. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.