Jennifer Smith Turner will join us for an author talk to discuss her debut novel, Child Bride, named best self-published eBook in 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association! Child Bride is a warm and personal narrative that brings to life the vigor and interdependence of black communities in both the South and the North of the mid-20th century. A book signing will follow. Get free tickets to see the author through Eventbrite.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Smith Turner is the author of two poetry books: Lost and Found: Rhyming Verse Honoring African-American Heroes and Perennial Secrets, Poetry & Prose . Her debut novel, Child Bride , was the recipient of the 2020 NYC Big Book Award and was named best fiction e-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She was featured on National Public Radio’s Faith Middleton Show and Connecticut Public Television’s poetry evening. She served as a featured speaker at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers' House. Jennifer worked extensively in the public and private K-12 schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts bringing poetry to students and educators. Ms. Turner served as the Interim President/CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation in 2019 and as a member of the board for six years. She is the retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Jennifer received a BA from Union College, her Masters from Fairfield University, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Hartford.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Child Bride offers a rich and immersive evocation of life for a young black American woman in the mid-twentieth century. Her portrayals of both rural, segregated Louisiana and Boston, Massachusetts, are vivid, powerful, and striking in their historical accuracy. It is the protagonist Nell's journey as a woman seeking independence that makes this book stand out: her evolution from a child bride into a forceful and self-assured adult testifies to the incalculable value of a warm heart and an inquiring mind.” - Ursula DeYoung, Editor of Embark Literary Journal. Get the book from our catalog!
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