Monday, April 11, 2011
If You're in Philadelphia Today...
Hi Meltingpot Readers,
If you're in Philly today, enjoying the ridiculous, summer-like weather, please consider stopping by the main library in Center City to hear me and Wench author, Dolen Perkins-Valdez. We're doing a joint reading to kick off the Philadelphia Book Festival. Details about the event can be found at the library website.
If you recall, I reviewed Wench here on the Meltingpot and I called it a "heartbreaking work of of historical genius," and I stand by my assessment. In fact, I'm thinking I'll just read a paragraph or two from Substitute Me, so we can hear more from Perkins-Valdez. I am so excited to finally meet her in person. Of course, I'm going to ask her what she's working on next.
I do think it is interesting that we were paired to read together. There is the obvious connection of Black women working for/serving White men and the sexual tension between them. Wench gives us the historical perspective, Substitute Me examines the same relationship in modern times. I suspect it will be a riveting, although maybe painful discussion. I'm glad el esposo won't be there. Could be AWKWARD.
So, wish me luck and I'll let you know how it all goes down. And if you do live in the area, I'd love to see you tonight at 6pm.