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Join Inprint and the Houston Museum of African American Culture for a conversation with New York Times best selling author Brit Bennett and award-winning journalist for ABC-13 News Melanie Lawson.
Underwritten by Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
BRIT BENNETT’s second novel The Vanishing Half, published in June 2020, is taking the country by storm. The book was an instant #1 New York Times best seller, was named “Best Book of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Bustle, and was long listed for the National Book Award. According to Lisa Page in The Washington Post, “Reinvention and erasure are two sides of the same coin. Bennett asks us to consider the meaning of authenticity when we are faced with racism, colorism, sexism and homophobia. What price do we pay to be ourselves? How many of us choose to escape what is expected of us? And what happens to the other side of the equation, the side we leave behind? The Vanishing Half answers all these questions in this exquisite story of love, survival and triumph.”
Born and raised in Southern California, Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times best seller. “Brit Bennett is the real thing,” wrote Jacqueline Woodson. “The Mothers is a stellar novel – moving, thoughtful. stunning. I couldn’t put it down. I’m so excited to have this brilliant new voice in the world.” Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.