Bridgett M. Davis & James Hannaham

Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 PM
Bridgett M. Davis presents The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers

In conversation with James Hannaham

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Bridgett M. Davis brings us a moving homage to an extraordinary parent in her memoir The World According to Fannie Davis, a suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, granddaughter of slaves, Fannie Davis became more than a numbers runner: she was a kind of Ulysses, guiding both her husbands, five children and a grandson through the decimation of a once-proud city using her wit, style, guts, and even gun. She created a loving, joyful home, sent her children to the best schools, bought them the best clothes, mothered them to the highest standard, and when the tragedy of urban life struck, soldiered on with her stated belief: “Dying is easy. Living takes guts.” This is a singular memoir that tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and their life in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s. Davis discusses her new book with Brooklyn local James Hannaham, author of Delicious Foods and God Says No.

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316558730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 29th, 2019

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