December 16, 2016

Author Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid

On this week's Dialogue, Marcia Franklin talks with author Jamaica Kincaid. Kincaid, born Elaine Potter Richardson, grew up on the island of Antigua. She came to the United States as a teenager to be a nanny. After becoming interested in writing, she changed her name, and eventually became a staff writer for The New Yorker for 20 years. She is currently a professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.

Known for her biting commentary on society and her own family, Kincaid is the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Autobiography of My Mother, Lucy, My Brother, A Small Place, Annie John and My Garden Book. My Brother was a finalist for the National Book Award.

In their far-ranging conversation, Franklin and Kincaid talk about her career, her philosophy of writing, race relations in America, Brexit and gardening.

The interview was taped at the 2016 Sun Valley Writers' Conference. Past conversations at the conference dating back to 2005 can be viewed at the Conversations from the Sun Valley Write' Conference homepage.