march, 2018

19mar7:00 pm8:30 pmBig Ideas: BUNK, feat. Kevin Young & Marlon James


Event Details

Hoaxes have played a role throughout American history, from P.T. Barnum’s “humbug” to the current assertions from Donald J. Trump about “fake news.” In his book, BUNK, Kevin Young traces this history and its particular focus on racist stereotypes and and suspicions.

In this Big Ideas, Kevin Young will be in conversation with Marlon James discussing how reality has been distorted and manipulated in America’s history.


Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and poetry editor at the New Yorker. He is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, most recently BUNK: THE RISE OF HOAXES, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, PHONIES, POST-FACTS, AND FAKE NEWS (Graywolf Press, November 14, 2017).

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. James is also the author of THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN and JOHN CROW’S DEVIL.


Advance tickets:
$10 Loft members
$15 general admission

At the door:
Pay-what-you-wish, as available

Purchasing advanced tickets guarantees a general admission seat and helps to cover the Loft’s costs to host the event. As always, pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).


Big Ideas is a series from the Loft that puts literature at the center of dynamic conversations and brings together readers and writers to explore ideas relevant to our society today.

This event is presented in collaboration with the College of Saint Benedict and Graywolf Press.

Support for this event comes from PEN America’s Press Freedom Incentive Fund, a resource for mobilizing communities around information access, media truth, news literacy, and other issues related to press freedom advocacy.


(Monday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis


The Loft Literary Center