From Jamila Minnicks, winner of the 2021 Penn/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction, and Sadeqa Johnson, the Library of Virginia People’s Choice award-winning author, come two novels set in the 1950s.

In Minnick’s Moonrise Over New Jessup, a wife and mother must decide her loyalties as her husband falls deeper into clandestine organizing efforts and as she fights for what she loves in her all-Black, Alabama town. Johnson’s The House of Eve features a teenage girl’s and a young woman’s stories colliding as one struggles to break out of her family’s cycle of poverty in Philadelphia, and the other attempts to fit in with Washington D.C.’s Black middle-class world. Join these two authors for a light lunch and lively conversation.

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