Jesmyn Ward with Aminatta Forna | Sing, Unburied, Sing

In 2011, Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, and last year, she became the first woman to ever win twice. This time it was for Sing, Unburied, Sing, an American epic that earned her comparisons to William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. As Leonie, a mother struggling with drug

abuse, drives with her children to bring her husband home from Parchman Farm, Mississippi’s state penitentiary, she and her thirteen-year-old son Jojo are visited by two ghosts. While Leonie waits for visits from her dead brother, Jojo hears from a boy his own age, the ghost of a dead Parchman inmate who carries all the ugly history of the South with him in death.

Ward will be in conversation with Aminatta Forna, Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and author of five books, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning The Memory of Love and, most recently, Happiness.

All books and tickets will be available at will call at 6 p.m. the evening of the event. Politics and Prose will not have books or tickets available for pick up prior to the evening of the event.

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3825 Wisconsin Ave NW, 20016
Washington
09 May , Wednesday 19:00

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