Introducing The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series, with thanks to Kenneth Cole

A free series featuring young Black authors

Raven Leilani and Kiley Reid
Monday, November 16 | 8 PM

Join Raven Leilani—author of the WNYC October book club pick, Luster—and Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age, for an in-depth discussion of their bestselling debut novels and the politics of writing. Both books feature young Black women navigating the challenges of a world dominated by whiteness. Borrow the books for free on NYPL’s ereader app, SimplyE, and tune in to watch Leilani and Reid speak with writer Roxanne Fequiere about the resonance of their work in the broader context of Black feminism.

Bryan Washington with Vinson Cunningham
Wednesday, December 2 | 8 PM

Bryan Washington’s short-story collection, Lot, was the finalist for countless prizes and received wide acclaim, including landing on President Obama’s list of favorite books in 2019. Join him for a discussion of his first novel, Memorial. Washington will talk about the tale of love, vulnerability, alienation, family, and separation at the heart of the book with New Yorker staff writer Vinson Cunningham.

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