On February 22, join best-selling author Bernice McFadden at the Decatur Library for her author talk and book signing. Bernice will discuss her latest novel, Gathering of Waters, which chronicles the the history and the people of Money, Mississippi -the infamous town where Emmett Till was murdered in 1955.
The novel, narrated by the town, weaves the tale of its troubled past using a combination of fantasy and realism. Our young protagonist, Tass Hilson, has her love affair with Emmett Till cut short due to his brutal murder. Despite her grief, Tass agrees to marry Maximillian May in order to escape from Money, Mississippi. The newlyweds relocate to Detroit to build their life together. Then, 40 years later, after her husband’s death, Tass returns home to find that Emmett’s spirit has finally been released from the dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The former lovers reunite, leading to the novel’s profound conclusion.
Bernice McFadden has already authored seven other critically acclaimed, award-winning novels including Sugar: A Novel, and The Warmest December, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her works reflect the influence of fellow African American writers Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, and Rita Dove as she brings the struggles of African American women into the public consciousness.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2012. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
TICKETS: Free admission