Upcoming CBL Events (September - October 2021). All Are Welcome!

Dynamic women authors of the African diaspora will discuss their inspiration for creating their characters and storylines.

The Center for Black Literature (CBL), in partnership with The Harlem Writers Guild, will present “Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon.”

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 (6:30 pm ET), join us for this special event that will spotlight dynamic women authors of the African diaspora. The celebrated writers will discuss their inspiration for creating the complex characters and memorable storylines that are at the heart of their contemporary narratives.

The moderator and panelists will include (pictured from left to right) Jennifer Baker (senior editor, Amistad Books at HarperCollins Publishers), Ladee Hubbard (The Rib King); Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage), and Karla FC Holloway (Gone Missing in Harlem).

This event is a part of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series, one of the popular CBL programs. Learn more at www.centerforblackliterature.org/john-oliver-killens-reading-series

MEET OUR EVENT PARTNERS

• THIS IS AN OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL (BKBF) BOOKEND EVENT. For more information about #BKBF, please visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org

• We offer special thanks to Amazon Literary Partnership for support of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series.

• We offer a very special thanks to our decades-long partner, the African American Literature Book Club (AALBC). You can purchase the authors’ book HERE.

Pictured (left to right): Ladee Hubbard (photo by Zack Smith); Morowa Yejidé (photo by Sarah Fillman), and Karla FC Holloway (photo courtesy of the author).

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AKILA WORKSONGS is the communications agency for the Center for Black Literature. Media inquiries about this event (or the Center in general) are directed to pr@akilaworksongs.com or via Twitter (@akilaworksongs).

Danielle Evans and Jocelyn Nicole Johnson are the featured writers for October’s edition of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series.

On Thursday, October 14, 2021 (6:30 pm ET), the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY will present a roundtable discussion, The Art of the Short Story, with writers Jocelyn Nicole Johnson and Danielle Evans.

Evans (pictured above, far left) brings her signature voice and insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history in The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories (Riverhead Books, 2020). She is the award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead Books, 2010).

In the novella “My Monticello ,” from her debut collection My Monticello: Fiction (Henry Holt & Co., 2021), Johnson (second from right) tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay, and read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series.

This is a free virtual event. All are welcome.

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AKILA WORKSONGS is the communications agency for the Center for Black Literature. Media inquiries about this event (or the Center in general) are directed to pr@akilaworksongs.com.

More Events To Come! Also, our YouTube channel features
inspiring videos of recent events. Click HERE to watch!

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Email: writers@mec.cuny.edu

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