Please join the University of Nottingham’s American & Canadian Studies department for a special Black History Month event at Waterstones in Nottingham’s city centre. The award-winning American author Margaret Wrinkle will offer a reading and discussion, as well as a public conversation with Katie Hamilton of the University of Nottingham and audience Q&A.
Margaret Wrinkle’s debut novel, Wash, reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power and history. Published by Grove Atlantic, Wash won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the American Book Award and the Dora Franklin Finley award, and has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. It was named a Wall Street Journal ‘Top Ten’ novel of the year, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an O Magazine top-ten pick, and a People magazine 4-star pick. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and a descendent of slave-holders, Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator and visual artist. Her award-winning documentary broken\ground, about the racial divide in her historically conflicted hometown, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and was a winner at the Council on Foundations Film Festival.
Praise for Wash:
“A masterly literary work….This debut occasions celebration. Haunting, tender and superbly measured, Wash is both redemptive and affirming.” The New York Times Book Review
“The voices of the past cannot speak for themselves and must rely on the artists of the future to honor them. It’s a profound responsibility and one that Margaret Wrinkle meets in her brilliant novel, Wash.” The Wall Street Journal
“Books like William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Edward P. Jones’ The Known World, and Russell Banks’ Cloudsplitter form a kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of their own. Add Margaret Wrinkle’s Wash to that illustrious company.” The Dallas Morning News