Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl Keynote: Kiese Laymon on "Heavy: An American Memoir"

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Saturday September 14

12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Nevada Humanities presents the Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl keynote event, featuring speaker Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir

In Heavy, Kiese Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed, black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family that begins with a confusing childhood—and continues through 25 years of haunting implosions and long reverberations. Heavy, shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Kirkus Prize, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the New York Times and other publications. There will be a question and answer session following the reading and presentation, hosted by Dr. Nasia Anam. Heavy: An American Memoir is a 2019 Nevada Reads book. 

A book signing will follow the program. 

Laymon is the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl, which takes place on Saturday, September 14, throughout the California Avenue corridor.

For more information about the Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl and for the full schedule of events, visit

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. 

*Free admission to this program is sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the Nevada Museum of Art as part of the Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl