Tonight LaShonda Katrice Barnett
discusses her novel Jam on the Vine
, which focuses on Ivoe Williams, an aspiring journalist who refuses to be confined to the traditional roles black women were subjected to in the Jim Crow-era South. Williams seeks education and a byline, no easy tasks for someone deemed less than human by the people in power. With the help of her mentor and professor, she obtains a printing press and begins a newspaper of her very own -- Jam on the Vine
. Over time, Williams is no longer satisfied with simply publishing stories and changes the tone of the paper to reflect the rampant injustices of her time.
7 p.m. Thu., Apr. 16. Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Free admission..
Thu., April 16, 7 p.m., 2015