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Family Ties: Brit Bennett & Bryan Washington

Tue, November 10 from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm PST
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Brit Bennett and Bryan Washington

 

Stunning novels about race, love, family, inheritance, choice and consequence.

In the #1 New York Times best-selling The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett weaves together multiple strands and generations of a family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, in a story that considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. In Bryan Washington’s Memorial, Mike and Benson are young men who find their world turned inside out as they find themselves living apart and forced to discover their own truths.

Moderated by Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People.


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Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Jezebel.

Purchase The Vanishing Half from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree, and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His first book, the story collection Lot, was a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Lot was a New York Times Notable Book, one of Dwight Garner’s top ten books of the year, and on best-of-the-year lists from Time, NPR, Vanity FairBuzzFeed, and many more. Washington's debut novel is Memorial. He has written for The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineBuzzFeedVultureThe Paris ReviewMcSweeney’s QuarterlyTin HouseOne StoryBon AppétitGQThe Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.

Purchase Memorial from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications.

Purchase Everyday People from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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