Events for Writers–January 2020

Join the acclaimed Urban Bush Women as they rehearse various works in Legacy + Lineage + Liberation, their touring program that celebrates the company’s 35th anniversary and the power of Women(+). This collection of classic works, all choreographed by UBW Founder and Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color and give multiple dimensions of life that are timely and relevant and continue to resonate especially in this era of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.

Author Jeffrey Colvin: “Africaville: A Novel”

January 29, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Princeton Public Library

The author gives a talk about his debut novel, a family saga set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by formerly enslaved people. Publisher’s Weekly calls “Africaville: A Novel,”  which explores concepts of racial identity, passing, interracial relationships and the meaning of home, “a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants.”

Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University and Columbia University where he received an MFA in fiction. His work has appeared in Narrative, Hot Metal Bridge, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Millions, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and is an assistant editor at Narrative magazine. He lives in New York City.

The snow date for this event is Feb. 4.

African American Read-In

February 1, 2020, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Princeton Public Library

The African American Read-In, an event dedicated to diversity in literature, is presented in partnership with Princeton Public Schools. Please check back for updates and more events as the month approaches.

11 a.m.: Poet: Khalil Murrell

Noon : Performance: ACT-SO

1:15 p.m. : Books Transform | An Inter-generational Presentation on the books that have been meaningful and/or transformative to members of our community.

Historical Fiction Book Group: “The Fortunes” by Peter Ho Davies

February 12, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Historical Fiction Book Group features scholar-led book discussions about the fictional elements and nonfictional historic and regional context of selected books.

In this session, Princeton University Associate Professor of History Beth Lew-Williams discusses “The Fortunes” by Peter Ho Davies. The book explores a century of American history through the lives of four Chinese Americans: a 19th-century laundry worker, a Chinese film star, a friend of someone killed in a hate crime and a half-Chinese man looking to adopt a Chinese baby.

Registration is requested but not required through the Historical Society of Princeton website.

Book Brunch Featuring Kelly Simmons, Amy Impellizzeri and Kate Moretti

February 16, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Princeton Public Library

Three award-winning authors who are part of the Tall Poppy Writers group converse with the audience and each other about their most recent books, life, publishing and more. Writers include
Kelly Simmons:  “Where She Went” 
Amy Impellizzeri: “Why We Lie”
Kate Moretti: “In Her Bones”
Doors open for this event at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Snow date will be Feb. 23.


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