What: Victor LaValle, who teaches fiction at Columbia University, is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the key to Southeast Queens. The President’s Writers-in-Residence Series continues with LaValle reading some delicious words for fiction fans at the Dell Brown Room in Turner Hall. 7 PM. Free.