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      One Book, One Philadelphia: A Discussion of Jesmyn Ward's Memoir and Novel in Philadelphia

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      February 28, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      1632 Walnut Street
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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      One Book, One Philadelphia: A Discussion of Jesmyn Ward's Memoir and Novel

      One Book, One Philadelphia Public DiscussionModerated by the Free Library of Philadelphia Join this special discussion of Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, and its connections to her memoir, Men We Reaped. Afterward, watch a demonstration of our store's Espresso Book Machine, a state-of-the-art printer that enables you to publish your own memoir or novel. Sing, Unburied, Sing is the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. A 2017 National Book Award-winner, this is a groundbreaking historic novel about a journey through our collective history and a staggering tale of survival, connection and unshakeable love. Men We Reaped is the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia adult companion title. Store seating is first-come, first-served. Please note there is no elevator access to our mezzanine/event floor. About One Book, One Philadelphia One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage and citywide conversation by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. From January 16 to March 13, more than 125 events and programs will center around the themes in this year's selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing.  About the Author A MacArthur Genius whose stories take place on the Gulf Coast, where she grew up and still lives, Jesmyn Ward "plays deftly with her readers' expectations: where we expect violence, she gives us sweetness. When we brace for beauty, she gives us blood" (The New York Times). Her writing has often been likened to that of Toni Morrison, William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. In addition to receiving the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward also received the 2011 National Book Award for her novel Salvage the Bones, which explores the chaos and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her memoir, and this year's One Book adult companion title, Men We Reaped, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her New York Times bestselling anthology, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, was named an NPR Best Book of 2016.

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