Gary Richards is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author of Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 as well as numerous essays on southern literature and culture including, most recently, “Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies” and “Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom.”
Streaming November 5
One Book, One Festival: A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
A powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man--set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s.
The Village Voice called A Gathering of Old Men “the best-written novel on Southern race relations in over a decade.”
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