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Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading

A Violent Woman: A Novel in Progress

Online Event

A Violent Woman is the story of Dutchess and Lena Carson, an estranged mother and her daughter. Dutchess lives in Bonaparte, Alabama, a once thriving black town now in its death throes. Lena lives in Philadelphia in the 1980s, a city then dogged by fiscal woes and violence. Lena and her son, Toussaint, live pillar to post as Lena grows increasingly unstable. Her involvement with the radical separatist group STEP leads to transcendence and tragedy. In this talk, writer Ayana Mathis discusses the disruptive qualities of these female characters who wander the margins of conventional life and experience the world with both joy and devastation.

Please note this lecture will take place entirely online. To join, please register on the left side of this page. All registered guests will receive participation instructions one to two days prior to the event.

12 Nov 20
19:30 - 21:00
Online via Zoom (7:30 p.m. CET / 1:30 ET)

Speaker: Ayana Mathis

This event took place on November 12, 2020.

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