The Mary Renault Society

The Triangle Area of North Carolina

A remembrance of Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan--novelist, short story writer, insightful observer of black and gay life, UNC professor, and good friend of the Mary Renault Society--died in August of 2020. It is clear that the loss for the local and national communities of which he was a part was enormous. Daniel H. WallaceProfessor Daniel H. Wallace, a colleague and close friend of Randall, will talk to us about our late friend.

Daniel H. Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of six novels, including Extraordinary Adventures, Ray in Reverse, and The Kings and Queens of Roam. His bestselling first novel, Big Fish, was made into both a movie and a Broadway musical. His nonfiction novel, This Isn’t Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew, is “an intimate and moving story of what happens when we realize our heroes are human.” Professor Wallace is also an illustrator and has published children’s books. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He now lives with his wife and son in Chapel Hill.


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