Skip to main content

Percival Everett

Monday, June 3, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 06/23/2024
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

Over the course of four decades, Percival Everett has delivered absorbing, exquisitely crafted writing across an astounding range of genres, from satirical novels, to westerns, to refashionings of Greek Mythology, to poetry. Recently, attention has returned to his groundbreaking novel Erasure, a masterpiece of social satire that served as the basis for the film American Fiction. His newest, James, reimagines Huckleberry Finn.

Before his novel Erasure was adapted into the hit film American Fiction, Percival Everett was already one of the literary world’s most acclaimed talents, appreciated both for his inimitable characters and storylines, as well as the uncommon variety of genres in which he wrote. Since Everett’s first novel in 1983, he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, for Telephone, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Trees. Refusing to be tied to a single topic or genre, Everett has published poetry, refashionings of Greek plays, and westerns, along with the satirical novels that are perhaps his best known works. His newest novel, James, is a reimagining of Huckleberry Finn, and has already been touted as “a canon-shattering great book.”

Limited number of tickets include a copy of James.

Photo by Michael Avedon