S2G’s Montclair Literary Festival Opens with National Book Award Finalist Deesha Philyaw

Montclair, NJ – Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival has announced its first event for 2021 – National Book Award for Fiction finalist Deesha Philyaw, who will speak about her debut short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Deesha’s book focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and features four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, and being caught between church standards and their own needs and passions. The book was also a finalist for the 2020 Story Prize for Fiction and just this month was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Deesha will be in conversation with author and Montclair resident Dionne Ford, co-editor of the anthology, Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation and of the forthcoming, Finding Josephine.

This is a free event; register in advance here www.crowdcast.io/e/deesha.

Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival will host a special series of author events, Global Voices on March 20 and March 21, 2021, featuring authors and poets from England, Scotland, Ireland, Korea, Iran, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, and Spain. More details will be available soon on their Crowdcast channel here [link https://www.crowdcast.io/montclairliteraryfestival] and on their website [link https://succeed2gether.org/montclair-literary-festival/]. The fifth annual Montclair Literary Festival will take place on Saturday October 2, 2021, with a combination of live and online events.

The festival organizing committee wishes to thank event partners Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers, and festival sponsors Rao’s, West of Hudson Realty Group, Jill Williams (Ameriprise Financial), Ferguson Dental, the County of Essex, and community members.

The Montclair Literary Festival raises funds and awareness for the work of Succeed2gether, www.succeed2gether.org.

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