Join as authors Jeffrey Blount, Donna Hemans, and Joanna Skerrett discuss thier novels that illustrate the nuance of Black families.

From a man seeking redemption in a forgotten rural community, to a woman leaving Brooklyn to care for her dying Carribean father, to a father and son spreading their wife and mother’s ashes, these novels—Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way, The House of Plain Truth, and Island Man—explore what it means to come to terms with familial and communal pain and healing. 

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • Events run one hour. Book sales and signings take place immediately after each event, and may run a half-hour or more.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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