(Dec. 2, 2013) -- UTSA will host award-winning author Leonard Pitts Jr. at "He Forgot. That was how it Started," a presentation based on his novel Before I Forget, which describes the difficulties faced by three generations of black men grappling with their complex roles as fathers and sons. The presentation, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in the UC Ski Lodge (UC 1.01.00) will be followed by a book signing from 11 a.m. to noon.
Pitts' 35-year career includes time as a columnist, radio producer college professor and lecturer. Currently, he is a news columnist for the Miami Herald. His column runs on Wednesdays and Sundays.
He received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists' Award of Excellence, is a five-time recipient of the Atlantic City Press Club's National Headliners Award and is a seven-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Award, in addition to receiving many other honors.
Pitts is the author of Freeman (Agate Bolden, 2012); Before I Forget (Agate Bolden, 2009); Forward From this Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2009, Daily Triumphs, Tragedies, and Curiosities (Agate Bolden, 2009); and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood (Agate Bolden, 2006).
His Dec. 6 visit to UTSA is sponsored by the UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation, Department of English, Black Faculty and Staff Association, UTSA Registered Student Organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.
Copies of Before I Forgot are available at the UTSA Bookstore.
To learn more about Pitts' upcoming book signing, contact Cassandra Porter at 210-458-4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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