A.K. Smith Visiting Scholars Series with Randall Horton

Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Smith House Reese Room
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Christina M. Bolio

Randall Horton's memoir, Hook, is a modern take on a classic Horatio Alger tale of self-reinvention. But Alger's heroes are never international drug lords and cocaine smugglers. They never go to jail, exploit prostitutes, or critique paradigms of race and governance.  Like Horton, they do end up thriving in the very structures that once made them feel marginalized. Randall Horton delivers careful, roughhewn, poetically-charged language in a memoir that runs against the grain of a typical "recovery" narrative. It is social critique under the guise of a memoir within a memoir. Because his life has been truly intersectional -- from college student to homeless drug addict to international cocaine smuggler to inmate and finally college professor, this text will speak to people for generations. In this bravado performance, Horton presents an unsentimental view into how a person works to rebuild after a downward spiral and how literature can be part of that recovery.

A reception will follow the lecture and books will be available for sale.  Admission is free and open to the public.


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