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703 | Kevin Young: Bunk, Humbug, and Fake News

Thursday, November 9 | 6 - 7 PM
South Shore Cultural Center
Paul Robeson Theatre
7059 S South Shore Dr | Chicago, IL | 60649
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“There goes Kevin Young again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential.” — Marlon James

Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Poetry editor of The New Yorker, joins us for a timely conversation about his latest book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post–Facts, and Fake News, which traces a peculiarly American history, woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race as the most insidious hoax of all. From Joice Heth, a black woman whom P.T. Barnum presented as George Washington’s 161–year–old nursemaid, to the made–up memoirs of James Frey, to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal, Young reveals how forgers and frauds sell us lies.

Preorder your copy of Bunk through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Urban League.


Kevin Young is the new Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark. He is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, longlisted for the National Book Award. His collection Jelly Roll: a blues was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Young will be Poetry Editor of The New Yorker starting in November 2017.

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  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
  • 11-14-2017