Mississippi-native Jesmyn Ward stormed the literary world with her 2011 novel of Katrina’s effect on the Gulf Coast “Salvage the Bones,” pulling in the National Book Award for Fiction and 2012 Alex Award in the process.

Ward followed up that success with “Men We Reaped,” a tale of her brother and four other young black men who lost their lives in her rural hometown. She’s called the memoir the hardest thing she’s ever written and it’s currently on the shortlist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more info, call 251-380-4653.

Presentation by Jesmyn Ward
Where: Gautrelet Room, Spring Hill College administration building (4000 Dauphin St.)
When: Feb. 17, 7 p.m.