Benilde Little is a bestselling author whose groundbreaking fiction challenges entrenched stereotypes of African-Americans. Little was among the first authors to put on the page intelligent, edgy stories about class and relationships among contemporary Black Americans.
She is the bestselling author of the novels “Welcome to my Breakdown,” “Good Hair,” “The Itch,” “Acting Out,” and “Who Does She Think She Is?” A former reporter for People and senior editor at Essence, Little lives in Montclair with her husband and son. Benilde will be signing books at the YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch and Watchung Booksellers will have copies of her book for sale at the reading.
Her debut novel, “Good Hair,” selected as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, explores the world of the black upper middle class. “Good Hair” was required reading at Benilde’s alma mater, Howard University and has been taught at Smith College.
Little’s poignant memoir, “Welcome to My Breakdown,” explores what happened when Little experienced the death of her beloved mother, the loss of her cherished father-in-law coincided with menopause, a cancer scare and near financial collapse.
Author Reading with Benilde Little, Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.