Honorée Fanonne Jeffers with Stacy D. Flood

One of our country’s most highly regarded poets - her stunning 2020 collection, The Age of Phillis, received numerous awards and was longlisted for the National Book Award - Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is now about to be well known as a novelist, as she virtually appears here for her magisterial debut novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Harper).

“A staggering and ambitious saga…. Themes of family, class, higher education, feminism, and colorism yield many rich layers. Readers will be floored."
-Publishers Weekly.

“From our earliest roots, African and Indigenous, to our present-day realities weighed down by inequity and injustice, Jeffers writes about all of us with such tenderness and deep knowing. Hers is the gorgeous prose one expects from a gifted, accomplished poet, masterful and stunning, as she explores both the bountiful resilience of Black folks and the insidious depravity wrought by white supremacy. These Love Songs make for a frank, feminist, and unforgettable read.” -Deesha Philyaw.

“This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers's deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.” -Jacqueline Woodson.

Amen to these and all other praises coming to this extraordinary book. Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ range as a writer in yet another form, the essay, is evidenced in the anthology There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love, for which she was part of an amazing virtual Elliott Bay reading with Claudia Castro Luna and Sasha LaPointe.

With Honorée Fanonne Jeffers in conversation tonight will be Seattle writer Stacy D. Flood, also the author of a fabulous recent debut novel, The Salt Fields (a much larger story than it might appear).

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062942937
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Published: Harper - August 24th, 2021

The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819579492
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 3rd, 2020

There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis Cover Image
By Tracy K. Smith (Editor), John Freeman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593314692
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Published: Vintage - May 11th, 2021

The Salt Fields: A Novella Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941360491
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Published: Lanternfish Press - March 9th, 2021

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:00pm
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