The Reshaping of American Literature
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Hearing Room 4: 1:45—3:00pm

In what ways is American literature reflecting our country's ever-shifting demographics—a change of such import that it raises the question of what even constitutes an 'American' story? This extended panel is a discussion of the manifold paths of American literary voice and vision.

PAUL BEATTY is the author of four novels—Slumberland, TuffThe White Boy Shuffle, and The Sellout—and two books of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor.

VANESSA HUA received the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan literary award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Guernica, The New York Times, and elsewhere. An award-winning journalist, she has filed stories from China, South Korea, Burma, and Panama. A recent Steinbeck Fellow in creative writing at San Jose State University, she is working on a novel.

HECTOR TOBAR is the author of four books, including two novels (The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Nurseries) and the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

OSCAR VILLALON (moderator) is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA and former San Francisco Chronicle books editor.