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Open Book / Open Mind with Ayana Mathis

Close up of an open book for New Jersey literary event.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Price: Free

Montclair Public Library

50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Montclair Public Library

Event Description

The author of "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie", Ayana Mathis, talks about her new family saga set in the 1980s spanning Philadelphia and small-town Alabama with notable memoirist and novelist, Emily Raboteau.

After the discussion, there will be a Q&A period and a book signing and sale with Watchung Booksellers. 

About The Author:

Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She was born in Philadelphia, and currently lives in New York City where she teaches writing in Hunter College's MFA Program.

About The Book:

A searing multi-generational novel—set in the 1980s in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia and in the tiny town of Bonaparte, Alabama—about a mother fighting for her sanity and survival.

About The Conversation Partner:

Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Emily Raboteau is an essayist and novelist with an upcoming memoir, "Lessons for Survival."

Registration is required.

Additional Information

Open Book / Open Mind is sponsored by Montclair Public Library Foundation, Watchung Booksellers, the New Jersey Council on Humanities, David and Mary Lee Jones, Rosemary Iversen and an anonymous donor.

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