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Author Lisa Harris
Join us for a Reading and Signing
Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 pm, Author Lisa Harris will be at the library providing a reading and signing of her book 'Geechee Girls.
'Geechee Girls is a novel of the American South, a world of opposites, where Harris blends the natural and the supernatural, the mundane and the lofty, the sane and the insane, the masculine and the feminine, the black culture and the white to create a world where shape shifting epiphanies await the reader.. The Ogeechee River runs through cypress swamps to reach Savannah’s Low Country. Its waters are deep and black and haunted. In this semi-tropical world, oleander, magnolias, and azaleas sweeten the heavy air. Copperheads and cottonmouths, paper mills, and trailer parks disrupt the innocence of Tessie Harnish, and her best friend, Annie Osaha. The girls, one white and one black, share ‘Geechee blood and their secrets.
"Before dawn when the clouds gather again, the peepers sing – croaking and squeaking from under magnolia leaves, from beneath mimosa branches, and from their perches on exposed roots. Stars are driven back from the sky, and the rain comes from the satiny blackness…”
Lisa Harris was born in Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania, a small town nestled on the Allegheny Mountains, part of the Appalachian Range. She now lives in Ithaca, New York. Harris’ stories, poems and occasional essays explore the interactions of the human heart with the spirit of place. She is a graduate of Bard College, Armstrong Atlantic University, SUNY Cortland and holds and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Avery Graduate School of the Arts.Harris has received two Bright Hill Fiction Awards for her chapbooks, Low Country Stories and Boxes, the seed stories for her novels, have been anthologized in various journals and publications. Her poetry has been nominated for the Push Cart Award. ‘Geechee Girls (Ravenna Press) is her first published novel.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Join us on Wednesday, April 30th at 6:30 pm for a discussion of Sue Monk Kidd's new book, The Invention of Wings.
Sue Monk Kidd is the author of The Secret Life of Bees and Dance of the Dissident Daughter.
The Invention of Wings is a novelization of the life of Sarah Grimké. Sarah and Angelina Grimké were sisters raised in a wealthy slave owning southern family. As young women, they became convinced slavery was wrong. They moved north to live in Philadelphia and joined the Abolitionist movement. But they soon discovered that as women they were not allowed to speak at events that included both men and women. They became founding members of the women’s rights movement.
In May, we’ll continue the exploration with a discussion of Lift up Thy Voice, a biography of the Grimké sisters by Mark Perry.
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