A Conversation with Melanie Hatter

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hosted by: African American Authors Book Club


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Melanie Hatter (Malawi’s Sisters) discusses her debut novel, which received the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“This story is both timely and well executed. We rarely see the private side of the devastating aftermath of police / vigilante / help-seeking and shot-related deaths that this writer describes here in such a suspenseful and nuanced manner. This is the kind of book that might encourage and inspire in-depth conversations and discussions and help readers think more deeply about a subject they might have mistakenly thought they knew all about.” ―Edwidge Danticat, judge of the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize

“Whether random or at the hands of authorities or of vigilantes, daily, black men and women become victims of the epidemic of gun violence sweeping the United States. Malawi’s Sisters considers the consequences on those left behind. An early morning phone call disrupts the seemingly placid lives of Judge Malcolm Walker and his artist wife, Bet. The Walker family, including daughters Kenya and Ghana, struggle to come to terms with what it means when those you love are taken in ways that are somehow both random as well as predictable.” ―David Haynes, Kimbilio Founder