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Randall Kenan and Tim Tyson 

When: Tue., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. 2015

RANDALL KENAN AND TIM TYSON DISCUSS BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, DURHAM

THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP—In a summer when discussions of the dangers of being black in America seemed more audible then they had been in years—or, perhaps, ever—The Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates cranked the volume even higher in his flashpoint book, Between the World and Me. In a lyrical, incendiary epistle to his son, Coates' uncompromising real-talk left some feeling vindicated and others feeling accused, but left no one feeling neutral. It's the book everyone is talking about, including Randall Kenan and Tim Tyson, who discuss it at The Regulator this week. Kenan, who teaches English at UNC-Chapel Hill, is known for fiction about being black and gay in the rural South as well as scholarship, particularly on James Baldwin, to whom Coates has often been compared. Local African-American studies professor Tim Tyson is celebrated for Blood Done Sign My Name, a memoir based on the author, who is white, witnessing a race-based hate crime in Oxford, North Carolina. The book became a 2010 film and an acclaimed solo show by the great Mike Wiley. 7 p.m., free, 720 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-2700, www.regulatorbookshop.com. —Brian Howe

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