This is a virtual event
Two highly anticipated novels about women defying past and present expectations to experience what it truly means to be free
Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt traces a lineage of women from 19th-century Cuba to present-day Miami and Mexico, addressing issues of addiction, displacement, and the legacy of trauma. In present-day Miami, Jeanette, daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, is battling addiction. Determined to learn more about her family history, she travels to Cuba to visit her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.
Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel Libertie follows a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn who yearns for a life different than that of her physician mother. Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and strives to forge her own path. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal, she accepts, only to discover that she must fight for her freedom.
Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. CST. Recording available until May 5