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Author Talk - Christine Platt and Catherine Wigginton Greene

2023-12-05 19:00:00 2023-12-05 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk - Christine Platt and Catherine Wigginton Greene Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library - East Storefront A & B

Tuesday, December 05
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-12-05 19:00:00 2023-12-05 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk - Christine Platt and Catherine Wigginton Greene A conversation with the authors of Rebecca, Not Becky: A Novel Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library - East Storefront A & B

A conversation with the authors of Rebecca, Not Becky: A Novel

Join the library and East City Bookshop for a conversation with Christine Platt and Catherine Wigginton Greene to discuss their novel, Rebecca Not Becky at the MLK Jr Memorial Library. This event will be moderated by Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. A limited number of giveaway copies will 

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the vein of Such a Fun Age, a whip-smart, compulsively readable novel about two upper-class stay-at-home mothers—one white, one Black—living in a "perfect" suburb that explores motherhood, friendship, and the true meaning of sisterhood amidst the backdrop of America’s all-too-familiar racial reckoning.

De’Andrea Whitman, her husband Malik, and their five-year-old daughter, Nina, are new to the upper-crust white suburb of Rolling Hills, Virginia—a move motivated by circumstance rather than choice. De’Andrea is heartbroken to leave her comfortable life in the Black oasis of Atlanta, and between her mother-in-law’s Alzheimer's diagnosis, her daughter starting kindergarten, and the overwhelming whiteness of Rolling Hills, she finds herself struggling to adjust to her new community. To ease the transition, her therapist proposes a challenge: make a white girlfriend.

When Rebecca Myland learns about her new neighbors, the Whitmans, she's thrilled. As chair of the Parent Diversity Committee at her daughters’ school, she’s championed racial diversity in the community—and what could be better than a brand-new Black family? It’s serendipitous when her daughter, Isabella, and Nina become best friends on the first day of kindergarten. Now, Rebecca can put everything she’s learned about antiracism into practice—especially those oh-so-informative social media posts. And finally, the Parent Diversity Committee will have some… well, diversity.

Following her therapist’s suggestion, De’Andrea reluctantly joins Rebecca’s committee. The painfully earnest white woman is so overly eager it makes De’Andrea wonder if Rebecca’s therapist told her to make a Black friend! But when Rolling Hill’s rising racial sentiments bring the two women together in common cause, they find it isn’t the only thing they have in common. . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHORS 

CHRISTINE PLATT writes literature for children and adults that centers African diasporic experiences—past, present, and future. She holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in African and African American studies as well as a juris doctorate in general law. She currently serves as Executive Director for Baldwin For The Arts.

CATHERINE WIGGINTON GREENE is a writer and filmmaker whose storytelling focuses on strengthening human connection and understanding. Her feature documentary I’m Not Racist... Am I? continues to be used throughout the US as a teaching tool for starting racial dialogue. A graduate of Coe College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Catherine is currently pursuing her doctorate from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Platt and Wigginton Greene both live in Washington, DC.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a podcast and digital literacy platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. She edited the Well-Read Black Girl anthology, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and named a best book of the year by Library Journal. Her latest book On Girlhood is a collection of groundbreaking short stories that explore the thin yet imperative line between Black girlhood and womanhood. The winner of the Innovator's Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Edim worked as a cultural practitioner for over ten years and serves on the board of Baldwin for the Arts. She resides in Washington D.C. with her son, Zikomo. 

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Author Talk |

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