Shawn Alexander of the University of Kansas will lead a discussion

Shawn Alexander of the University of Kansas will lead a discussion of "Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov.2, at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State.

This is the third and final book in a series centered around the 1930’s. Hurston recalled in her introduction: “I was glad when somebody told me, ‘You may go and collect Negro folklore.’” And the resulting book established the territory she would continue to explore in both fiction and non-fiction forms, the shaping of African-American identity in the contexts of both the experience of the South and the Great Migration to the cities of the North.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders, supported by a gift from the Emporia State University Center for Great Plains Studies. For more information about KHC, visit

Shawn Leigh Alexander is a historian for African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. He received a Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts. Alexander joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2008.

For more information about the reading series, contact the Augusta Public Library at 775-2681 or