Columbia Libraries to Host Evening of Conversation with Author Russel L. Goings

(NEW YORK, February 17, 2009) Join the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries for an evening of conversation with author Russell L. Goings about his epic poem on the African American experience, The Children of Children Keep Coming: An Epic GriotSong. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Low Memorial Library on Columbia’s Morningside campus, and is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion with Goings will feature Jerome Davis, Secretary, Columbia University and Kim Bridgford, Professor of English at Fairfield University, and will be moderated by Samuel Freedman, Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

A reception and book signing in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda will immediately follow the presentation. Copies of The Children of Children Keep Coming: An Epic GriotSong will be available for sale. Please respond to or register online at

The Children of Children Keep Coming is an awe-inspiring contribution to literature. Goings' unique work presents a chronicle of the African American experience in the United States, and is accentuated by pen and ink drawing by Romare Bearden (ca. 1985–1986).

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