New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett, to Speak at Southeast Regional Library

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New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett, to Speak at Southeast Regional Library Lit Chat, Monday, June 6

Book lovers to enjoy a lively conversation and book signing with New York Times best-selling author Brit Bennett, author of one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 19, 2022 – On Monday, June 6, Jacksonville Public Library will host New York Times best-selling author Brit Bennett for a Lit Chat at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place live at Southeast Regional Library and will be live-streamed online via Zoom. Bennett will be in conversation with local author and producer Nikesha Elise Williams. Following the event, Bennett will sign copies of her book. Books will be available to purchase on-site from The Bookmark or you can bring a book purchased from your favorite bookseller.

WHAT: Lit Chat Author Talk with NYT Bestselling Author Brit Bennett
WHERE: 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 and live-streamed virtually on Zoom
WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
HOW: Click here to register (at least two hours prior to the event)
WHO: Free and open to all

"Brit Bennett's books have resonated with thousands of the Library's readers,” says library supervisor Alison McCarty. “We are thrilled to give our readers the chance to see her in person.” 

Brit Bennett is the author of the dazzling coming of age novel The Mothers and the National Book Award-nominated and number-one New York Times best-selling novel, The Vanishing Half, which was also longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Bennett was named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, and the book was longlisted for the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review.

While an undergraduate at Stanford, Bennett won the Bocock/Guerard and Robert M. Golden Thesis prizes for her fiction. Earning her MFA at the University of Michigan, she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction and the 2014 Hurston/ Wright Award in College Writing. Her conversations are as memorable as her writing and give audiences a window into her craft while exploring broader themes of race and systemic injustice.

Interviewer Nikesha EliseWilliams is a two-time Emmy award-winning producer, an award-winning author, and host of the Black & Published podcast. Beyond Bourbon Street, her latest novel was awarded Best Fiction by the Black Caucus of African-American Librarians in the 2021 Self-Published eBook Literary Awards. It also received the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Nikesha is a Chicago native, and she attended Florida State University. Nikesha writes full-time with bylines in The Washington Post, ESSENCE, and VOX.

Author Talk Lit Chat guest, Brit Bennett at the Jacksonville Public Library

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