April 2, 2020

ONLINE: Author Stephanie Powell Watts reads LIVE

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Date(s) - 04/02/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us on Thursday April 2 at 7:30 pm EST for a story time for grown-ups! Local Lehigh Valley author Stephanie Powell Watts will read from her latest novel, NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US–and more!–online, via Facebook Live and Zoom. Stream from anywhere. A live Q&A will follow.

Pick up a copy from Let’s Play Books or your favorite local bookstore!

This reading will take place ONLINE, via Zoom and on Facebook Live! If you would like to attend via Zoom, email kracculia@bapl.org or register below by 2:00 pm EST on the date of the reading. (All Zoom registrants will receive meeting credentials on the day-of.)


About Stephanie Powell Watts:

Stephanie Powell Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need (2012), also named one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads by O: The Oprah Magazine. Her short fiction has been included in two volumes of the Best New Stories from the South anthology and honored with a Pushcart Prize.

Ms. Powell Watts’s stories explore the lives of African Americans in fast food and factory jobs, working door to door as Jehovah’s Witness ministers, and pressing against the boundaries of the small town, post-integration South. Her debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us, follows the return of a successful native son to his home in North Carolina and his attempt to join the only family he ever wanted but never had. As Ms. Powell Watt describes it, “Imagine The Great Gatsby set in rural North Carolina, nine decades later, with desperate black people.”

Born in the foothills of North Carolina, with a PhD from the University of Missouri and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she now lives with her husband and son in Pennsylvania where she is an associate professor at Lehigh University.

About NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US, from the publisher, Ecco:

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work
Inaugural selection by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central Read More
Named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, Bustle, The Millions, Babble, Redbook, Elle, Nylon and The Chicago Review of Books

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

“A skillful riff on The Great Gatsby… Watts writes about ordinary people leading ordinary lives with an extraordinary level of empathy and attention….The ways in which No One Is Coming to Save Us intersects with and veers away from Fitzgerald’s familiar plot can be very rewarding… Every departure can be seen as a sly comment on what it means to be a person of color in today’s America…. The novel’s intricately plotted relationships pay off satisfyingly in its final chapters.” —New York Times Book Review


Bookings are closed for this event.