MAURICE CARLOS RUFFIN AT NOVEL: THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS
Join us as we welcome MAURICE CARLOS RUFFIN in conversation with JAMEY HATLEY on FRIDAY, MARCH 1 at 6:00 pm to celebrate the release of his new book THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A gripping historical novel about a spirited girl who joins a sisterhood working to undermine the Confederates–from the award-winning author of We Cast a Shadow
“I knew from page one that this wasn’t going to be a typical journey through a familiar history. . . . A splendid work.”–Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets
Ady, a curious, sharp-witted girl, and her fierce mother, Sanite, are inseparable. Enslaved to a businessman in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the pair spend their days dreaming of a loving future and reminiscing about their family’s rebellious and storied history. When mother and daughter are separated, Ady is left hopeless and directionless until she stumbles into the Mockingbird Inn and meets Lenore, a free Black woman with whom she becomes fast friends. Lenore invites Ady to join a clandestine society of spies called the Daughters. With the courage instilled in her by Sanite–and with help from these strong women–Ady learns how to put herself first. So begins her journey toward liberation and imagining a new future.
The American Daughters is a novel of hope and triumph that reminds us what is possible when a community bands together to fight for their freedom.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, longlisted for The Story Prize and a finalist for The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Open Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize among others. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction and the Louisiana Writers Award, he has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, the Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University.
ABOUT THE IN-CONVERSATION PARTNER:
Jamey Hatley is a Memphian obsessed with stories in ruin, at the very edge of being forgotten. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Memphis Noir, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. She was a Prose Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award Winner, and the inaugural Indie Memphis Black Screenwriting Fellow (selected by Barry Jenkins). She wrote, directed, and produced a short film based on her story-essay, “Always Open, The Eureka Hotel” which is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Black Film Festival of New Orleans. She was a semi-finalist for the 2020 Sundance Episodic Lab. She is currently a Staff Writer for Season 2 of the television show P-Valley. Ms. Hatley is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.