In a conversation titled, “Black Women Writers and the Re-imagincation of American Culture,” the Amistad Research Center hosts Bernice L. McFadden with Alexis De Veaux to discuss black women’s literature and its shaping of American culture. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard).
Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). The Book of Harlan is her latest novel which won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alexis De Veaux, PhD, is a renowned activist and writer. She is a recipient of the 1988 Coretta Scott King Award presented by the American Library Association and the 1991 Lorraine Hansberry Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. She also authored Warrior Poet, A Biography of Audre Lorde (2004), which has won several awards including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award, Nonfiction (2005), the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Outstanding Book Award (2004), and the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Biography (2004). Her most recent novel, Yabo, published by Redbone Press (2014), was the winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction.