In a special event co-sponsored by The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, visiting playwright Kia Corthron will read from and talk about The Castle Cross The Magnet Carter. This acclaimed new novel sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men: two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland, whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. "Kia Corthron has written a magnificent, truly epic tale of the American Century . . . It deserves a place among the great American novels precisely because it cuts to the very heart of America: the color line." —Robin D. G. Kelley
The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, Corthron's awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. She lives in Harlem, New York.