Alumna to read award-winning fiction

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LEWISTON – Award-winning writer Alake Pilgrim, a member of the Bates College Class of 2003, will return to campus this week for a two-week residency that includes reading her short stories, screening a film about immigration and giving a talk about religious identity.

The events, co-sponsored by the English department and the program in African-American Studies, are open to the public free of charge. For more information, call 207-786-8294.

Pilgrim will give a first-person talk, “Who Am I? Identity Issues of Mammoths, Humans and Christ” for the Bates Christian Fellowship at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Hirasawa Lounge, Chase Hall, 56 Campus Ave.

She will read from her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Benjamin Mays Center.

The reading will be followed by the showing of Trinidadian director Asha Lovelace’s two-hour critically acclaimed film, “Joebell and America,” the tale of a young man from Trinidad who attempts to immigrate illegally to the United States. “The film juxtaposes interestingly with my stories,” Pilgrim says.

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