6/11: Richard Wright lives at Native Son(Remixed)
Posted by novoscene on June 11, 2008
When author Richard Wright died of mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1960, he was one of the most celebrated and controversial writers of his day. Even now, his novels-including Native Son and Uncle Tom’s Children-and nonfiction work like 1945’s Black Boy are still required reading for anyone looking for insight into African American culture and intellectual life.
Wright would have been 100 years old this year, and to honor the man and his art the Oakland Public Theater is hosting a yearlong celebration of his work and the artistry it has inspired. The project will culminate on September 4th-Wright’s birthday-with a play examining his life and influences as well as the rumors surrounding his death.
But for tonight, get a preliminary taste of what the OCT is cooking by heading down to the Oakland Main Library for Native Son (Remixed)-a reading series featuring reworks of the classic novel along with writing by his contemporaries, biographers and critics in addition to previews of the upcoming show.
For those unfamiliar with Wright’s work, this is should be a great intro. For those already well versed, come remember why he’s considered one of our country’s greatest literary figures.-kwan
Native Son (Remixed)
Oakland Public Library
125 14th Street, Oakland