Deesha Philyaw with Renee Simms

By the time this evening takes place, we will all know what has happened with the November 18 National Book Awards where Deesha Philyaw’s electrifying fiction debut, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press), is among the finalists. The nine stories that comprise this collection are a wonder to behold, individually and collectively.

“Philyaw’s triumphant debut collection follows a series of Southern black women as they struggle for self-determination ... Philyaw’s stories inform and build on one another, turning her characters’ private struggles into a beautiful chorus.” - Publishers Weekly.

“To encounter Deesha Philyaw’s work is to encounter contemporary folktales. They are the stories of southern customs and mores and of voices over the back fence. The daughters and granddaughters of Toni Cade Bambara and Bebe Moore Campbell readers need this book.” - Yona Harvey.

With Deesha Philyaw for this virtual program is the wonderful fiction writer Renee Simms, author of Meet Behind Mars, and who will be joining us from Tacoma, where she teaches at the University of Puget Sound.

Fingers crossed for November 18!


Event Registration


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949199734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event
Custom Book Image: