Thursday, October 30, 7:30 PM
An Evening with ringShout and Mosaic Magazine
Jeffrey Renard Allen presents Song of the Shank
Bridgett Davis presents Into the Go-Slow
Greenlight is proud to partner with Mosaic Magazine, a tri-annual publication devoted to the literary arts of the African diaspora, and ringShout, a group dedicated to recognizing, reclaiming and celebrating excellence in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction by black writers in the United States, to host an evening of amazing new works by black writers. Chicago-born, New York City-based writer and teacher Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of the novel Rails Under My Back, the story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. His new novel Song of the Shank, praised by Ishmael Reed and Junot Diaz, is the story of Thomas Wiggins, AKA Blind Tom, a legendary 19th-century black pianist who has been largely erased from the history books. Bridgett Davis is a founder of ringShout as well as the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine; her debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her new novel Into the Go-Slow begins in 1986 Detroit and follows its 21-year-old protagonist on a journey to Lagos, whose infamous go-slow traffic provides the background for her search for the radical legacy of her deceased sister; the novel has been highly praised by Ayana Mathis, Tayari Jones and Chris Abani. Join us for an evening of celebration.