Critically-acclaimed novelist to visit Centenary March 18

Sam Graham-Felsen

SHREVEPORT, LA — Sam Graham-Felsen, author of the award-winning novel Green, will visit Centenary’s Meadows Museum of Art on Monday, March 18 for a book reading. The 6:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public. In addition to reading from his novel, Graham-Felsen will answer questions from audience members about writing and storytelling more broadly.

Graham-Felsen published Green in January 2018 and the coming-of-age novel attracted immediate attention, receiving the American Library Association’s Alex Award, being selected as a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and appearing in The New Yorker’s list of “Books We Loved in 2018.” Green tackles themes of race, privilege, and the struggle for the elusive American dream with what a Boston Globe review described as, “A riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination.”

Graham-Felsen was the chief blogger for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and has published nonfiction work in The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and The Nation, among others.

“Sam Graham-Felsen is a versatile writer who has made a national name for himself in both nonfiction and fiction, and has a fascinating story to tell about how aspiring young writers can use the written word across a range of professional settings, from political campaigns and advocacy work, to investigative reporting and journalism, to the literary arts,” says Dr. Emily Leithauser, assistant professor of English at Centenary. “He has written a timely novel that raises important questions about how race and privilege intersect in our culture today.”

Students in several English classes will also have the chance to interact with Graham-Felsen while he is on campus.

For more information about Graham-Felsen’s Meadows Museum event, contact Emily Leithauser at


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