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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.

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