Hand-Me-Down Identities: Memoirs with Parents

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

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Authors Mary Carter Bishop (Don’t You Ever), Bridgett Davis (The World According to Fannie Davis) and Erin Hosier (Don’t Let Me Down) share deeply personal stories of themselves and their parents in these acclaimed memoirs. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In this profound memoir, Bishop takes an open-hearted and unflinching look at a family history that is equal parts love story and requiem for a brother she barely knew. Bishop turns her formidable investigative journalism skills inward to unearth long-simmering class and culture divides in bucolic rural Virginia.” ―Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

“Bridgett M. Davis draws a loving portrait of her unforgettable mother who gamed the system and won. Davis is a witness to the journey of the African American strivers of Detroit, but she is also a witness to the evolution of her own remarkable family history. Combining rigorous research with an insider’s access, The World According To Fannie Davis is a triumphant tale of female empowerment. Bridgett Davis’ love letter to her mother lights a bold new path, because sometimes leaning in is not enough.”―Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

“Erin Hosier’s remarkable coming-of-age story is tender, funny and resilient. Hosier doesn’t shy away from the complications and contradictions of love, sharing both the best and the worst of her volatile, vibrant father and detailing—in her singular and often hilarious voice the difficulty of leaving childhood, home, and the people who loved you first.”—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest