Event: Bookable-Space African-American Lit-Literary Salon: Andrea Hairston
Friday 2nd April, 7pm - 8pm
Celebrated novelist, Andrea Hairston will be reading from Master of Poisons. The evening will include readings, Q&A, and discussion. The event is free. All are welcome to join in Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.
This project is a monthly online book club for readers 8-12 (and people who love children’s books). On the last Saturday of the month, the author will read and answer questions on Zoom. Sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University.
To participate in the month’s book club, get and read the book through the month. Register to join them in Zoom (children must be accompanied by an adult) or watch on Facebook live, like the Bookable Space Middle-Grade Book Club page and/or subscribe for notifications.
About the book: A poison desert blows across the Arkhysian Empire. People want to deny this and do nothing, but getting caught in a void-storm is death. Djola, advisor to the Emperor, is trying to save the land, the people, the weeds and wild things. Awa, friend to bees, crows, wild dogs, and horses seeks the story power to conjure the world she wants. Both Djola and Awa are tested, and both make enormous sacrifices trying to save the people—and the world—they love.
About the author:
Andrea Hairston is a playwright, novelist, and scholar. She has published three novels: Will Do Magic For Small Change, a New York Times Editor’s pick; Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the Otherwise and Carl Brandon Awards; Mindscape, winner of the Carl Brandon Award. She also published Lonely Stardust, a collection of essays and plays “Griots of the Galaxy,” a short story, appears in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future. A novelette, “Saltwater Railroad,” was published by Lightspeed Magazine. “Dumb House,” a short story appears in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Andrea has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her latest novel, Master of Poisons, came out in September 2020 from Tor.com and is one of Kirkus Review’s ten best SF Novels for 2020. In her spare time, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre.