A Conversation with Brit Bennett
Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m. via Crowdcast
About the Event
New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett discusses her stunning novel The Vanishing Half, about identical twin sisters, inseparable as children, who choose to live drastically different lives: one as white and one as black. Entertainment Weekly calls the book “a story of absolute, universal timelessness… For this moment, it’s piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be.” The Vanishing Half was the highly-anticipated sequel to her debut novel, The Mothers, which Brooklyn Magazine called “stunning.” Bennett will be in conversation with Lisa Page, co-editor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Photo Credit: Emma Trim
Brit Bennett is the author of the dazzling coming of age novel The Mothers and the National Book Award nominated novel, The Vanishing Half. Already a much buzzed about social commentator, well-known for her powerful personal essays, Bennett is one of today’s most exciting new voices in literary fiction. Her lectures are as unflinching and memorable as her writing and give audiences a window into her craft while exploring broader themes of race and systemic injustice.
Lisa Page is co-editor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, (Beacon Press). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, LitHub Weekly, The Crisis, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Playboy, the Washington Post Book World and other publications. She is assistant professor of English at the George Washington University and Director of Creative Writing. She previously served as Interim Director of Africana Studies. She is also the former President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and a faculty member of the Yale Writer’s Workshop.