Dr. Maya Angelou to Visit Fayetteville Public Library (FPL)

Dr. Maya Angelou to Visit Fayetteville Public Library (FPL)

The Fayetteville Public Library Foundation will host “An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou” as part of the Roberta Fulbright Distinguished Author Series on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30pm and seating is limited.  More event details will be available March 1st  here on the library website.

“We are excited to host one of the literary world’s most well known female voices. Dr. Angelou’s work is loved and respected by generations of readers,” commented David Johnson, Executive Director FPL. “This will be a special evening not only for the Fayetteville community, but the entire state.”

Dr. Angelou’s ties to the state include being raised in Stamps, Arkansas and serving as Inaugural Poet for Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration.

The library is anticipating a record crowd for the event. “We are doing everything we can to accommodate as many people as possible,” shared Johnson. Attendance at past author talks and events at the library has reached close to 600.The library will be closed Friday, April 11 to prepare for the evening, setting up staging and chairs on the main floor with a view of the stage, as well as, additional seating in additional rooms in the library. The library plans to simulcast the performance within the library to accommodate fans.

Dr. Maya Angelou, author and humanitarian, is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary black literature. Her subjects include personal subjects such as identity, rape, racism, literacy, the importance of family, and the quest for independence.  She is best known for her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a chronicle of her life up to age sixteen and ending with the birth of her son, Guy, which was published in 1970.

Throughout her writing career, Dr. Angelou has published five books of poetry, three books of essays, including Letter to My Daughter, a children’s book, and numerous poems. She has been nominated repeatedly for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She earned a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word (1993) for her reading of her poem On the Pulse of Morning at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton.In 2013, Dr. Angelou was awarded the Literarian Award which recognizes an individual whose work has enhanced the literary world during a lifetime of service by the National Book Foundation. She has received more than 50 honorary degrees and has been inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame of Writers. Dr. Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Obama.

Dr. Angelou will not be available for book signing; however, her books will be available for purchase.