September 16, 2011 – With fall creeping in it was a perfect evening to launch “Bookends,” a series of readings, which served as a 4-day lead in to the Brooklyn Book Festival. As part of the BBF program, Ringshout, “a place for black literature,” hosted writers Catherine E. McKinley, Emily Raboteau, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts –three contemporary writers with unique voices. Raboteau read from her upcoming book that’s to be published in 2012, McKinley read from her book Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, and Rhodes-Pitts read from Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.
Ringshout was founded in 2007 by literati Eisa Ulen, Bridgette Davis, Martha Southgate, and Chris Jackson with the goals of “recognizing, reclaiming and celebrating excellence in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction by black writers in the United States.”
The event was hosted at MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art.
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