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Library Live at Labyrinth: Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson and Piper Kendrix Williams: “The Toni Morrison Book Club”

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The authors discuss their book, a collection of essays that reflect on the works of the late writer, Princeton University professor and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Colleagues at The College of New Jersey, the four gathered informally for several years to discuss Morrison’s novels which became a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about everyday racism and “living whole in times of uncertainty.”

Bennett is professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts” and of “The Passing Figure.”

Brown-Glaude is associate professor of African American Studies and Sociology at The College of New Jersey and the author of ”Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica.”

Jackson is professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Violence, Visual Studies, and the Black Male Body” and of “Barriers between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.”

Kendrix Williams is associate professor of English and African American studies at The College of New Jersey and the co-editor of “Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division.”

 

Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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Thursday, March 5
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Labyrinth Books
122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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The authors discuss their book, a collection of essays that reflect on the works of the late writer, Princeton University professor and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Colleagues at The College of New Jersey, the four gathered informally for several years to discuss Morrison's novels which became a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about everyday racism and "living whole in times of uncertainty." Bennett is professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts” and of “The Passing Figure.” Brown-Glaude is associate professor of African American Studies and Sociology at The College of New Jersey and the author of ”Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica.” Jackson is professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Violence, Visual Studies, and the Black Male Body” and of “Barriers between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.” Kendrix Williams is associate professor of English and African American studies at The College of New Jersey and the co-editor of “Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division.”
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In this startling group memoir, four friends—black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born—use Toni Morrison’s novels as a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about the problems of everyday racism and living whole in times of uncertainty.  Labyrinth Books Princeton and the Princeton Public Library invite you for a presentation and discussion of this new book. Tackling everything from first love and Soul Train to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, the authors take up what it means to read challenging literature collaboratively and to learn in public as an act of individual reckoning and social resistance. This slim and brilliant confessional offers a radical vision for book clubs as sites of self-discovery and communal healing. "The Toni Morrison Book Club" (University of Wisconsin Press) insists that we find ourselves in fiction and think of Morrison as a spiritual guide to our most difficult thoughts and ideas about American literature and life. Juda Bennett is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts” and of “The Passing Figure.” Winnifred Brown-Glaude is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at The College of New Jersey and the author of ”Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica.” Cassandra Jackson is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Violence, Visual Studies, and the Black Male Body” and of “Barriers between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.” Piper Kendrix Williams is Associate Professor of English and African American studies at The College of New Jersey and the coeditor of “Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division.”
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