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Community Book Center (CBC), sponsored an intimate book club event featuring bestselling Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
This gathering was hosted by Beverly McKenna and was held at LeMusee de f. p. c. on Esplanade Ave. The book club discussion was moderated by local Writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of We Cast a Shadow.
Mr. Coates was in New Orleans as part of a national tour to promote his latest book and debut novel, The “Water Dancer.” During the Q&A Ta-Nehisi shared some of his inspirations and motivations as a writer. Throughout the discussion, participants shared the impact the story had on them and the influence his work has had on young readers and audiences.
Although a story about slavery “The Water Dancer” has a different focus.
This slave narrative chose to highlight the value of the Black family through its characters and plot. However, he draws attention to how this sacred institution was destroyed during slavery; and furthermore, how the effects continue to plaque its descendants and the Black family today. Following the discussion Ta-Nehisi autographed copies of the book for attendees.
Copies of “The Water Dancer” and his other books are available at Community Book Center @ 2523 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA.