Alex Tizon, assistant professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, will offer a reading and discussion as part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s (SOJC) annual PageTurners workshop. The event will take place Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kinkaid St., Eugene. This event is free and open to the public.
“Alex Tizon’s outstanding reporting skills are displayed in his revealing memoir, combining personal detail and history to create a fine work of journalism, ideal for the detailed, close reading of PageTurners students,” says James N. Wallace Chair of Journalism and SOJC professor Peter Laufer.
Big Little Man is a personal investigation of race, shame, and what it means to be a man in America in the 21st century.
“Writing this book was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and one of the riskiest,” says Tizon. “The response has been all over the place, from disdain and indifference to high praise and deep gratitude. The most gratifying notes have come from readers who wrote, ‘Thank you. You just told my story.’”
Laufer, as part of the ninth PageTurners class, will host Tizon, who spent two decades as a journalist at The Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times.
The two-credit class engages students in close reading of a book specifically chosen for its use of multiple voices, diverse points of view and rich palette of cultural experiences. The course takes that literary engagement one step further by including the book’s author in the conversation.
Tizon’s public reading is sponsored by the SOJC and a gift from the Hearst Foundation.
Story by Jessica Glackin ‘15