Duende District, a collaborative pop-up bookstore for & by people of color, where all are welcome, has partnered with PEN/Faulkner for a new series, In Cultural Conversation. This monthly series features writers of color from all cultural backgrounds using literature to begin bridge-building conversations about the challenges all our communities face today.
Duende District & PEN/Faulkner present Naima Coster, author the novel HALSEY STREET, in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson, author of A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED, on Saturday, April 7, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Duende @ MahoganyBooks in the Anacostia Arts Center!
Coster and Hopkinson will discuss HALSEY STREET, which Kirkus Review describes as a "quiet gut-punch of a debut...a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn."
Books will be available for purchase the day of the event. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is required.
About the authors:
Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Arts & Letters, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Aster(ix), A Practical Wedding, Guernica, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Naimastudied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.
Natalie Hopkinson is a writer whose work explores the arts, media, public policy and cultural identity. She is an assistant professor in Howard University’s doctoral program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, a columnist for the Huffington Post, and a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. A former staff writer, editor and media and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root, she is author of Deconstructing Tyrone (with Natalie Y. Moore on Cleis Press), Go-Go Live (Duke University Press). Her latest book released in February 2018 on The New Press is A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance.