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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

May 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

TIME Magazine’s Best Non-fiction Book of 2018

NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018

New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018

Written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture. HarperCollins Publishers

Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston’s success in bringing it to light is a marvel. NPR Book Reviews

Barracoon arrives decades late, Hurston’s very first work transformed into her very last—a coda to her career, yet vital to our ongoing conversation about race and reparations. The New Yorker

Zora Neale Hurston’s genius has once again produced a Maestrapiece. Alice Walker


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, May 18 and 25

Cost: $35, includes a copy of the book shipped to your home

Register online or call 919.962.1544


May 25, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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