Kiese Laymon in conversation with Ed Pavlić

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays by Kiese Laymon
Event date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop on Zoom

Avid Bookshop presents Kiese Laymon in conversation with Ed Pavlić in celebration of the reissue of Laymon's book, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. This is a virtual event taking place on Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom.

To attend this event, purchase a ticket (or select a no-cost ticket). You will receive a Zoom link via email one hour before the event begins. Ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm on 12/3/20. We have 3 ticketing options:

  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket & book (How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America) bundle
  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket only (no book)
  • No-cost ticket to get Zoom event access only (no book)

Please support Athens, Georgia's only independent bookshop (and the authors, of course!) by purchasing the book from Avid Bookshop here.


The reissue of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the "star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful" (NPR).


Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division (currently out of print, but awaiting a reissue in 2021), the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.


Ed Pavlić (Ph.D. Indiana University) is a Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies and affiliated faculty in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. Pavlić's 13 published and forthcoming books range across (and at times between) genres: poetry, non-fiction, critical studies, and a novel. His most recent books are: Let It Be Broke (Four Way Books, 2020) a collection of poems focused upon racial dynamics in contemporary life; Another Kind of Madness (Milkweed Editions, 2019), a novel set in Chicago and coastal Kenya and tuned to the sound and structure of soul music, especially the songs of Chaka Khan; Live at the Bitter End (Saturnalia Books, 2018);  Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno (National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015) and 'Who Can Afford to Improvise?': James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (Fordham University Press, 2015). Other recent works are Visiting Hours at the Color Line (National Poetry Series, Milkweed Editions, 2013), But Here Are Small Clear Refractions (Achebe Center, 2009, Kwani? Trust, 2013) and Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway (University of Georgia Press, 2008). His other books are Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue (APR-Honickman/Copper Canyon, 2001), Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Literary Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), and Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE/Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).

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ISBN: 9781982170820
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Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

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