Date and Time
Jun 2, 2019 5:00 pm
This is a FREE event, no tickets required. Seats are first come, first served. Full menu & bar will be available for purchase throughout the event.
Copies of Glory Edim & Melanie Hatter's books will be available for purchase in the bookstore.
#ownvoices: the legacy of zora neale hurston
Glory Edim, author of Well-Read Black Girl, and Hurston/Wright Foundation Board Member Melanie S. Hatter sit down with a member of the Spunk cast to discuss Zora Neale Hurston’s impact on American literature and today’s efforts to empower female black authors.
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for her work as a literary advocate. Her first anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, was published by Random House in 2018. She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Melanie S. Hatter is an award-winning author of two novels and one short story collection. Selected by Edwidge Danticat, Malawi’s Sisters won the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize, published by Four Way Books in 2019. The Color of My Soul won the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and Let No One Weep for Me, Stories of Love and Loss was released in 2015. Melanie is a participating author with the PEN/ Faulkner Writers in Schools program, and serves on the board of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.