AYANA MATHIS at the Northwest African American Museum
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts
Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. Early word here on this, one we can't wait for: even before Oprah Winfrey astutely proclaimed Ayana Mathis' debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf), a "book [that] was so astonishing it left me speechless," and chose it for her Book Club 2.0, we knew from our own early reading that this was one of the most extraordinary novels to come along in some time. Ayana Mathis tells of the lives, aspirations, betrayals of one woman's familya family in Philadelphia in the 20th century. "Writing with stunning authority, clarity, and courage, debut novelist Mathis pivots forward in time, spotlighting intensely dramatic episodes in the lives of Hattie's nine subsequent children (and one grandchild to make 'the twelve tribes'), galvanizing crises that expose the crushed dreams and anguished legacy of the Great Migration ... Mathis writes with blazing insight into the complexities of sexuality, marriage, family relationships, backbone, fraudulence, and racism in a molten novel of lives racked with suffering yet suffused with beauty." - Donna Seaman, Booklist. A nightand booknot to be missed. Free admission. The Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org), currently exhibiting Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey (photographs by Sedat Pakay) and an exhibit by Seattle artist/poet/librarian (and Philadelphia native) Carletta Carrington Wilson, book of the bound, is at 2300 South Massachusetts Street.