Kekla Magoon

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Kekla Magoon

The public is invited to a book talk and conversation with Kekla Magoon, co-author of “X: a Novel,” as part of West Shore Community College’s participation in the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read.

The presentation is free and will take place on Wed., Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m., in WSCC’s Center Stage Theater. Magoon will discuss her work, answer questions and sign books following the presentation.

“X: a Novel” is an imaginative retelling of the Malcolm X autobiography written as a collaboration between Malcolm’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and Magoon, an accomplished author of young adult literature. 

The college’s participation in the Great Michigan Read is particularly special this year because it coincides with the college’s ongoing “Humankind” project, a three year long exploration of what it means to be human.  

According to Professor of English Seán Henne, who chaired the Great Michigan Read’s regional selection committee, the novel is about trying to construct an identity in the face of fierce challenges that our country is still directly confronting today.  “A novel as intense as this one,” says Henne, “provides a powerful starting point from which we can try to have better conversations about the complications of race, religion, crime, poverty, and just growing up in America, both during the 1940s and today.”

WSCC encourages members of the community to read the book, participate in the statewide conversation about it, and come to see the author on October 11. 

For more information about the event, about the Great Michigan Read, or about WSCC’s “Humankind” project, contact Henne at 231-843-5859 or

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations