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LVC Hosts Bestselling Author MK Asante Feb. 7
01.29.14 |
MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor who CNN calls "a master storyteller and major creative force." He will present a reading and book-signing event at Lebanon Valley College on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in Leedy Theater.

Asante is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir "Buck," described by Maya Angelou as "A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style." "Buck" is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His other books are "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop," "Beautiful. And Ugly Too," and "Like Water Running Off My Back."

Asante is a Sundance Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of "Buck." Asante directed "The Black Candle," a prize-winning Starz TV movie. He wrote and produced the film "500 Years Later," winner of five international film festival awards, and produced the multi award-winning film "Motherland."

Asante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television.

Asante has toured in more than 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

He has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC, NPR, BET, and MTV. Asante's essays have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.

He recently made his debut as a hip hop artist on the song "Godz N The Hood" featuring Talib Kweli. His inspirational story "The Blank Page" is featured in the #1 New York Times Bestseller, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition."

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

Asante's visit is sponsored by LVC Unity Week and the Agnes O'Donnell Poets and Writers Series, which brings authors to campus for readings, writing workshops, and other events. The series is funded by a gift from Agnes O'Donnell, professor emerita of English who remained active in the department after her retirement in 1987 until her death in 2008.

Watch the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRAa5-Kj3bE.


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