OlaRonke Akinmowo will activate Free Black Women’s Library, a radical mobile library and interactive biblio installation that focuses exclusively on the literary output of Black Women, highlighting authorship that is often ignored. The pop-up library hosts readings by authors, and the public is invited to bring books written by Black Women to trade or donate.
Friday, April 2nd, Angela Flournoy will read excerpts from her novel, “The Turner House” and take part in a conversation around her writing and the power, magic and importance of archiving our stories. Library opens at noon and the conversation will begin at 2pm.
Angela is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University. Flournoy is currently the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Please spread the word and feel free to bring your own rich stories to share, as well as brooks written by Black women to donate or trade.
OlaRonke Akinmowo is an installation and collage artist, cultural worker, set decorator, radical mama, yoga teacher and Black Feminist/Womanist scholar whose research and artistic practice focuses on exploring the complexities of race, culture, spirituality and gender who lives and thrives with her amazing daughter in Brooklyn, NY. Ola is the Creator & Director of The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive mobile trading library that features a collection of 600 books written by Black women, performance, readings, film screenings, workshops and critical conversations that has taken place at MOCADA, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Concord Church, the Afro Punk Music Festival, Community Future Lab, Bedstuy Pride, and Weeksville Heritage Center, among other places. The library is activated here, and the public is invited to bring books written by Black women to trade or donate.