Event Overview

Real Life, Brandon Taylor’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, follows a graduate student named Wallace through a late-summer weekend in a Midwestern college town. As he copes with the aftermath of a mishap in the lab, Wallace, who is Black, also deals with subtle and not-so-subtle racism and a sense of alienation from his friends, and struggles to decide whether he should stay on in his PhD program. We’ll talk with Taylor, himself a former graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about how his own experiences in academia informed the story.

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Topics to be covered

  • How and why the author transitioned from science to fiction writing
  • The process of writing the book
  • The culture of academic science, and the barriers it can present to people from underrepresented groups

  • Friday, May 21, 2021
    2:00 - 3:00 PM, Eastern Time


    Brandon Taylor
    senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub

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