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Events in Miami and Beyond

Since Ancestor Trouble was published, old friends have been asking when I’d be in the old 305 to talk about it, and now that’s happening. I’ll be at the Miami Book Fair on November 20! I’ll also be at the Southern Festival of Books, Six Bridges Book Festival, and more, including To the Lighthouse and the launch of Jeanna Kadlec’s Heretic. These upcoming appearances are listed on my events page, but I thought I’d post them here, too, for anyone who’s wondering and happens to stop by.



Acknowledging Wrongs of Enslaver Ancestors

The Guardian U.S. has published my argument for what I’ve called acknowledgment genealogy, the importance of reckoning with our individual families’ participation in slavery. “Amid a rise of laws forbidding discussions of racist histories, sharing our ancestors’ shameful wrongdoings is more urgent than ever” is the subhead. Acknowledgement is a crucial first baby step toward the repair we need. The illustration above was . . .

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For Just a Little While

Anger to my mom is strength and unimpeachable truth, a companion to determination. I write about this a little bit in Ancestor Trouble, how the idea of identifying, much less acknowledging, difficult feelings such as fear or sadness fills her with rage.

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A Southerner One-Step-Removed

On the one hand, it feels a bit self-centered to catch you up on the praise for Ancestor Trouble since my last post in April, but on the other hand it would feel rude not to acknowledge people who put time into saying thoughtful things about the book. I am always and forever a Southerner-one-step-removed.

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