The Des Moines Public Library’s AViD Author Series will continue this month with David Haynes, author of A Star in the Face of the Sky. A Star in the Face of the Sky is the story of two families coping with the legacy of personal and political violence.
Novelist David Haynes’ work explores the intersection of class, race, gender, and generational difference. He believes that interesting fiction most often occurs when writers trouble the artificial boundaries that are erected to separate individuals and cultures. Haynes is also the author of seven other critically acclaimed novels, including The Full Matilda, and five children’s books. He is the director of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
For fifteen years Haynes served as a teacher in urban schools, mostly teaching middle grades in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Haynes received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.” He is currently a director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and is the Founder and Project Director for Kimbilio: Center for African American Fiction.
This program will be moderated by Kevin Patrick.