Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 PM
Akashic Books and Mosaic present a Black History Month event
Bernice L. McFadden, author of Nowhere Is a Place
Courttia Newland, author of The Gospel According to Cane
Hosted by Ron Kavanaugh of Mosaic Magazine
In celebration of Black History Month, Greenlight is proud to partner with Akashic Books and Mosaic Magazine to present a reading and discussion with two important black authors whose fiction engages with the burdens of history and the hopes of the present. Brooklyn author Bernice L. McFadden is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice), and Glorious, which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Nowhere Is A Place is the long-awaited reissue of McFadden's classic novel about a young woman on a journey of self-discovery, teasing out her family’s history of amazing survival and abundant joy. Courttia Newland is the author of the novel The Scholar and other books, and has had short stories featured in many anthologies. He is co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and Tell Tales 4: The Global Village. His new novel The Gospel According to Cane is a story of inner-city youth in contemporary London, as well as a meditation on pain and loss, the demands of heritage, and how the past can blur the present. The reading and discussion will be introduced and moderated by Ron Kavanaugh, publisher of Mosaic, an online and print magazine which explores the literary arts created by writers of African descent.