My friend Hanna Perlstein Marcus and I will be speaking at the Naugatuck Valley Community College’s New England Memoirists Writer’s Conference.
Hanna memoir, Sidonia’s Thread, is a deeply moving search for her roots. Even though she grew up as a little Jewish girl in Springfield, Massachusetts, and I was a little black girl in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, we share many bonds.
My talk, “The James Family in Connecticut: African Americans Who Triumphed Over Adversity,” will go beyond memoir to explore the influence of family on Ann Petry and her writings. I’ll conclude with a video clip that previews the documentary.
Hanna will be speaking at 9; I’m on at noon.
We’d love to see you.