MahoganyBooks Presents: An Author Talk & Book Signing Featuring T.R. Simon
October 30 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Simon keeps the plot moving briskly and sustains suspense even as she folds in truly profound, timely, and important themes; and one of the things Zora and Carrie have learned by book’s end is that “history wasn’t something you read in a book. It was everything your life stood on.”
—The Horn Book (starred review)
About the Event
On October 30, 2018, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, MahoganyBooks welcomes T.R. Simon, award-winning author and adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York Publishing Certificate Program where she teaches a course on children’s book publishing. “This stunning sequel to Zora and Me is a fictionalized mystery based on Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood” and is a fantastic entry point for young readers to both learn about a fantastic literary figure while also being thrilled by an exciting and fun read.
Join us at MahoganyBooks, located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center. This is a fantastic event for families, children, and grown-up children alike.
About the Book
A powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery.
“History ain’t in a book, especially when it comes to folks like us. History is in the lives we lived and the stories we tell each other about those lives.”
When Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend, Carrie Brown, discover that the town mute can speak after all, they think they’ve uncovered a big secret. But Mr. Polk’s silence is just one piece of a larger puzzle that stretches back half a century to the tragic story of an enslaved girl named Lucia. As Zora’s curiosity leads a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery, the story unfolds through alternating narratives. Lucia’s struggle for freedom resonates through the years, threatening the future of America’s first incorporated black township — the hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). In a riveting coming-of-age tale, award-winning author T. R. Simon champions the strength of a people to stand up for justice.
About the Author
Tanya McKinnon is a children’s book author. Her novel, Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Juvenile Fiction. She holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology and is an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York Publishing Certificate Program where she teaches a course on children’s book publishing. She and her husband live in Westchester County, New York with their daughter, and very cuddly dog.
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