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June 15 @ 7:00 pm

Virtual Author Series: Brit Bennett & Angela Flournoy

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Date:
June 15
Time:
7:00 pm


Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

“AN EVENING WITH BRIT BENNETT & ANGELA FLOURNOY” 

discussing

The Vanishing Half 

(Riverhead, $27) 

Monday, June 15, 7pm

LIVE via CROWDCAST 

 

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE

 


About the Book:

From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

BUY THE BOOK HERE


About the Author:

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. A 5 Under 5 honoree, her work is featured in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, Jezebel, and more, and her first novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Moderator:

ANGELA FLOURNOY is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree for 2015.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. Flournoy was the 2016-17 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She was awarded a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is currently a Mary Ellen von der Heyden fellow in fiction at the American Academy in Berlin.

 


HOW TO WATCH A VIRTUAL EVENT ON CROWDCAST

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HELPFUL TIPS

  • During the event, you can ask questions in the “Ask A Question” box at the bottom of the screen.  
  • You can also vote for other questions that you would most like to see answered using the up and down arrows to the left of each question.  
  • You’ll be able to see the author onscreen, but the author, moderator, and Books & Books staff member cannot see you.