Spending part of her childhood in the Nicholtown community until she was 7, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson still refers to Greenville as home. And, she’ll be returning home on Oct. 8 to discuss her new book “Red at the Bone” with local fans.
You can hear Woodson discuss her new book in the sanctuary of First Baptist Greenville. Book sales for the event are available through local bookstore Fiction Addiction. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
Woodson says she doesn’t write to teach but rather to learn. “I write because I have all these questions, and ‘Red at the Bone’ asks a whole lot of questions about generational wealth, about family, what it means to be a young parent,” she says.
Not imposing those specific questions on her readers, Woodson wants those who read the book to read slowly and enjoy the narrative.
“I think you read a book and you’re different than when before you read the book,” Woodson says. She hopes that’s true for the “Red at the Bone” readers.
The fictional book begins in 2001 telling the story of 16-year-old Melody and exploring the history of her parents and grandparents before her. “Red at the Bone” touches on topics of desire, identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status.
Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books including her New York Times-bestselling memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” which received the National Book Award in 2014. The book shares stories of Woodson’s childhood spent in South Carolina and New York in the ‘60s and ‘70s. She currently resides in New York with her family.
Tickets can be ordered online or at the door while supplies last. VIP tickets are available for $55.12 each and include two copies of “Red at the Bone,” front-row seating and first access to the book signing line.
“Red at the Bone” author talk
When: Oct. 8; 7 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Greenville; 847 Cleveland St.
Tickets: FREE with reservation; https://bit.ly/2n9SdW1