originally published: 01/30/2024
(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- How is the Black experience in America reflected in works of fiction? What are the hidden costs of injustice for Black citizens, and for all Americans? Jason Mott will shed light on observations at the core of his award-winning novel Hell of a Book in an Ocean County Library Virtual Author Talk on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 4:00pm.
Hell of a Book captured the 2021 National Book Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction and was a longlist nominee for a Carnegie Medal for Excellence for its themes of family, parental love, children, art, and tragedy.
Readers become acquainted with a Black author on a cross-country tour to publicize his novel. The storyline is the platform for larger, more urgent themes built around Soot, a youngster in a contemporary ghetto, and a possibly-imaginary character called The Kid. Their tales converge amid relentless exposure to a gunshot fatality and its consequences.
Please register online for this free program. Registrants may submit questions during signup, and will be given links by email the day of the Zoom chat. For more details, stop by any Ocean County Library branch or reading center, or call 732-349-6200.
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(SURF CITY, NJ) -- Looking for fun-filled flipping through the pages of unique books? You'll find it as one of our "Book Besties," the new genre-focused reading club coming to the Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 6:00pm. "Book Besties" concentrates on genres such as romance, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. Dragons? Love? Outer space? Crime solving? Check, check, check and check. And that's only scratching the surface.
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