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John Edgar Wideman

Award-winning Novelist

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John Edgar Wideman Biography

John Edgar Wideman's life is as dramatic as any of his brooding, Faulknerian novels. Born in Washington DC, he grew up in Homewood, an impoverished African American community in Pittsburgh that is the setting of one of his best-known works, The Homewood Trilogy. Brilliant in both the classroom and the basketball court, he was the subject of a 1963 Look magazine article titled "The Astonishing John Wideman." He went on to become the second black American to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a master's degree in literature in 1966.

After writing several novels, he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, helping found the school's Afro-American studies department. And, although he graduated from an Ivy League school, became a Rhodes Scholar, taught at fine universities and became the only American writer to twice win the PEN/Faulkner Prize, Wideman he has concerned with the violence, drug use, and institutionalized poverty that afflict the African-American community.

As a boy, he planned to leave his background behind for a dazzling future as a novelist, academic and intellectual, but in spite of personal success, Wideman came to see the complex problems of African-American life as inescapable. During the past two decades he has written three memoirs about events that have indelibly marked him -- the life imprisonment of his younger brother Robby in Brothers and Keepers and the life imprisonment of his son, Jacob, in Fatheralong. His latest critically-acclaimed collection of short fiction, God’s Gym, was released in 2005.

The Rea Award Jurors cited Wideman’s work as, “Profoundly honest, eloquently impassioned, the stories of John Edgar Wideman guide us to a place we’ve never been, into that unexplored area of America’s Heartland for which we’ve had no true compass before his own. More than compassionate, Wideman’s stories are like gospel songs sung by a hundred voices, offering praise to life itself.”

Topics

• Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe

• Brothers and Keepers

Speaking Topics
  • Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe

  • Brothers and Keepers

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Edgar Wideman for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Edgar Wideman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Edgar Wideman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK John Edgar Wideman?

    Booking fees for John Edgar Wideman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Edgar Wideman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR John Edgar Wideman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Edgar Wideman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Edgar Wideman for your next private or corporate function.
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John Edgar Wideman Biography

John Edgar Wideman's life is as dramatic as any of his brooding, Faulknerian novels. Born in Washington DC, he grew up in Homewood, an impoverished African American community in Pittsburgh that is the setting of one of his best-known works, The Homewood Trilogy. Brilliant in both the classroom and the basketball court, he was the subject of a 1963 Look magazine article titled "The Astonishing John Wideman." He went on to become the second black American to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a master's degree in literature in 1966.

After writing several novels, he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, helping found the school's Afro-American studies department. And, although he graduated from an Ivy League school, became a Rhodes Scholar, taught at fine universities and became the only American writer to twice win the PEN/Faulkner Prize, Wideman he has concerned with the violence, drug use, and institutionalized poverty that afflict the African-American community.

As a boy, he planned to leave his background behind for a dazzling future as a novelist, academic and intellectual, but in spite of personal success, Wideman came to see the complex problems of African-American life as inescapable. During the past two decades he has written three memoirs about events that have indelibly marked him -- the life imprisonment of his younger brother Robby in Brothers and Keepers and the life imprisonment of his son, Jacob, in Fatheralong. His latest critically-acclaimed collection of short fiction, God’s Gym, was released in 2005.

The Rea Award Jurors cited Wideman’s work as, “Profoundly honest, eloquently impassioned, the stories of John Edgar Wideman guide us to a place we’ve never been, into that unexplored area of America’s Heartland for which we’ve had no true compass before his own. More than compassionate, Wideman’s stories are like gospel songs sung by a hundred voices, offering praise to life itself.”

Topics

• Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe

• Brothers and Keepers

John Edgar Wideman Speaking Topics

  • Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe

  • Brothers and Keepers

FAQs on booking John Edgar Wideman

  • How to book John Edgar Wideman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Edgar Wideman for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Edgar Wideman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Edgar Wideman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Edgar Wideman?

    Booking fees for John Edgar Wideman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Edgar Wideman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Edgar Wideman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Edgar Wideman for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Edgar Wideman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Edgar Wideman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Edgar Wideman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Edgar Wideman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe and Brothers and Keepers. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Edgar Wideman for your event is available upon request. John Edgar Wideman generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ishmael Reed, James McBride, Nelson George, Juan Williams and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Edgar Wideman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

John Edgar Wideman Speaking Topics

  • Great Literature with a Relevant Vibe

  • Brothers and Keepers

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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