Tuesday, June 30, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Naomi Jackson presents The Star Side of Bird Hill
In conversation with Tiphanie Yanique
Wine reception to follow
Greenlight is thrilled to launch The Star Side of Bird Hill, the debut novel by Naomi Jackson. Born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents, Jackson evokes 1980s Barbados with the story of sixteen-year-old Dionne and her younger sister Phaedra, sent to live with their grandmother Hyacinth in the town of Bird Hill. These three characters form an unforgettable matriarchal family buoyed by love and community and tested by heartbreak and betrayal. The Star Side of Bird Hill has been praised by fellow authors including Ayana Mathis and Tiphanie Yanique, who calls it “A book laced with pain but shimmering with hope. With care, the narrative addresses huge issues such as mental illness, mortality, sexuality and, at its very core, what it means to love another person as they are.” Jackson presents her brilliant new novel in conversation with Yanique, whose award-winning novel of the Virgin Islands Land of Love and Drowning was a Greenlight First Editions Club selection. A wine (and rum!) reception and book signing will follow the event.