Zora and Me, Candlewick Press

Date/Time

February 09, 2019
12:00 AM

Location

Interabang Books View map

Description

Saturday, February 9, 1pm

Come to Interabang Books in Dallas for a reading and appearance by T.R. Simon, award-winning author of the children's book Zora and Me about the childhood adventures of author Zora Neale Hurston.

Zora and Me is a powerful, fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery. “History ain’t in a book, especially when it comes to folks like us. History is in the lives we lived and the stories we tell each other about those lives.”

When Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend, Carrie Brown, discover that the town mute can speak after all, they think they’ve uncovered a big secret. But Mr. Polk’s silence is just one piece of a larger puzzle that stretches back half a century to the tragic story of an enslaved girl named Lucia.

As Zora’s curiosity leads a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery, the story unfolds through alternating narratives. Lucia’s struggle for freedom resonates through the years, threatening the future of America’s first incorporated black township — the hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). In a riveting coming-of-age tale, award-winning author T.R. Simon champions the strength of a people to stand up for justice.

T.R. Simon is the co-author, with Victoria Bond, of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner Zora and Me. She is also the co-author, with Richard Simon, of Oskar and the Eight Blessings, illustrated by Mark Siegel and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. T.R. Simon lives in Westchester County, New York.

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