Authors Kaitlyn Greenidge and Kirstin Valdez Quade Share their Personal Processes on Bringing their Works to Life during Virtual LitLIVE!
After a postponement in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Broward Public Library Foundation is reviving LitLIVE!, a free virtual event , on Friday, May 14, featuring conversation with authors Kaitlyn Greenidge and Kirstin Valdez Quade. Nila Do Simon, chair of the Library Foundation’s Board of Directors and a journalist whose work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, Garden & Gun Magazine, Marie Claire and other national titles, will moderate the discussion.
“As a journalist and admirer of the art of the written word, I’m looking forward to amplifying the stories of these authors,” said Do Simon. “This forum will bring their words to life through what is sure to be a vivid and relevant-to-the-times conversation about self-growth, self-worth and universal acceptance. I recently took pen to paper to voice my perspective on the uprise in violence against the Asian American community and cannot wait to hear the personal insights of each writer on how their own stories of equality and survival came to fruition in their respective novels. We welcome fellow Foundation supports, book lovers, and trailblazers alike to virtually join us on May 14th.”
Greenidge’s book, Libertie, is an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself. She became well known with her first novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, which won a Whiting Award, was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Ten Book of 2016, and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her newest novel has already been chosen at the #1 April Indie Next Pick and a March LibraryReads Selection, as well as made numerous “Most-Anticipated Books” lists.
The Five Wounds, a novel by Quade, is a stunning debut that paints a picture of families in New Mexico with long and proud lineages struggling with poverty and a deadly drug epidemic. This book has been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 by Oprah Magazine, The Week, The Millions, and Electric Lit. She is also the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and many other awards.
This virtual event, generously sponsored by Nova Southeastern University, will start at 6:00 pm and last one hour. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions that the authors will answer during the last 15 minutes. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and sit back and enjoy the event.
Registration is open to the public but is required. Visit bplfoundation.org/virtual-litlive-2021 to RSVP. Once registered, guests will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to the event. An internet connection is required to join. To stay up-to-date on all events, join the Foundation’s mailing list at bplfoundation.org/contact-us.