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Roaring Past Your 20s: On Finding Yourself in Your Own Time and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
Saturday, June 27  |   1:30 PM

Live via Zoom, Registration Required by Clicking Here.

In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Crawford’s life doesn’t come into full bloom until her late 30s. Despite the burdens of racism, misogyny, classism, cross-generational trauma, and more than one failed marriage, she never takes her eyes off the horizon. What does it look like for a Black woman one generation removed from slavery to want a life unencumbered by the expectations of others? What do Black women owe their communities, and what do their communities owe them in return? Where is the line between compliance and quiet resistance?

This book discussion will be lead by Minda Reves, the director of the Spalding University Creative Writing BFA program and a writer whose articles and essays have been featured by Longreads, the Oxford American, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and elsewhere. This talk is free, but registration is required here: https://nafclibrary.libcal.com/event/6765356

Image credit: (L) Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1937. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (056.00.00), (R) Portrait of Minda Reves.

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