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Sadeqa Johnson in Conversation with Victoria C. Murray

Location MahoganyBooks Anacostia, 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC.
Date Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration   2 hours
Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sadeqa-johnson-discusses-house-of-eve-with-victoria-c-murray-tickets-511963184667
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MahoganyBooks is thrilled to host award-winning author Sadeqa Johnson who will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Victoria C. Murray, as they discuss Sadeqa's new thrilling new historical fiction book, House of Eve!

  • 1:30 PM - Doors Open | 2:00 PM Conversation Begins
  • Masks required throughout event.

About the book: From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring, beautiful, and redemptive novel that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

1950s Philadelphia: fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising a daughter. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed on to her like a birthright.

Eleanor Quarles arrives in Washington, DC, with ambition and secrets. When she meets the handsome William Pride at Howard University, they fall madly in love. But William hails from one of DC’s elite wealthy Black families, and his par­ents don’t let just anyone into their fold. Eleanor hopes that a baby will make her finally feel at home in William’s family and grant her the life she’s been searching for. But having a baby—and fitting in—is easier said than done.With their stories colliding in the most unexpected of ways, Ruby and Eleanor will both make decisions that shape the trajectory of their lives.

About the author: Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of And Then There Was Me, Second House From the Corner, Love in a Carry-on Bag and Yellow Wife. Yellow Wife is a 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy nominee, a BCLA Literary Honoree and a Barnes & Noble book club pick in paperback. Her other accolades include winning the National Book Club Conference Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Drexel University. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children.

About the moderator: Victoria Christopher Murray is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Stand Your Ground, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year and NAACP Image Award Winner. Her novel, The Personal Librarian, which she cowrote with Marie Benedict was a Good Morning America Book Club pick.

  • Event guidelines are subject to change.
  • Parking is limited. Ridesharing highly encouraged.
  • Photographs may be taken during the event WITHOUT FLASH.
  • Please tag us and use #mahoganybooks, #blackbooksmatter, #houseofeve on social media.

-- Let's have an amazing afternoon, The MahoganyBooks Team

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