Mary Kay Zuravleff to replace Jamaica Kincaid at National Book Festival

September 19, 2013
Mary Kay Zuravleff (©Epic Photography Jamie Schoenberger)
Mary Kay Zuravleff (©Epic Photography Jamie Schoenberger)

Washington-area writer Mary Kay Zuravleff has just been added to the lineup for this weekend’s National Book Festival on the Mall.

She’ll be taking the place of Jamaica Kincaid, who had to withdraw due to an unexpected family emergency.

Zuravleff, who has taught at Johns Hopkins, George Mason and the University of Maryland, received rave reviews this month for her new novel, “Man Alive!,” about a doctor struck by lightning. Writing in The Washington Post, Carolyn See said, “This is a family novel for smart people; the smarter you are, the better you’ll like it.”

You can see Zuravleff at the festival on Saturday in the Poetry & Prose pavilion at 1:40 p.m.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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