Writers LIVE! Brit Bennett in conversation with Carla Du Pree
February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
CityLit joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library for this special Writers LIVE! event with Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half. Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.
“This book has been on nearly every year-end list and it’s no surprise. Brit Bennett’s book sticks with you long after the last chapter, as your mind grapples with questions about who we are and what defines us. The story revolves around twin sisters growing up in small-town Louisiana. When they leave for the big city one decides to start passing for white, abandoning her sister, her past, and her race. She trades it all in for a new life but leaves a family desperate for answers and a past poised to catch up with her. It’s a delicately layered book that grapples with difficult questions about race and identity while also telling a really compelling story.”
– Melissa Locker, Brooklyn Based
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. She is one of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 5 Under 35 honorees.
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