EventsAuthor Voices with Brit Bennett

Author Voices with Brit Bennett

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


For adults.

Join a conversation with Brit Bennett, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Vanishing Half

Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga will moderate.

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When Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, was published in the fall of 2016, critics and readers were immediately dazzled by this exciting new voice in literary fiction. Bennett was named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation and the book was longlisted for the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.

The Mothers is a surprising story about young love and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary Black community in Southern California, Bennett’s first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about ambition, community and love.

In the New York Times #1 bestseller and Good Morning America's June Book Club pick, The Vanishing Half, Bennett returns the readers to California for another emotionally perceptive story. This engrossing page-turner explores the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires and expectations. In her talks and her work, she examines the role writing plays in documenting racial injustice and contemporary Black experience.

Before publishing her novel, Brit Bennett had already built an impressive platform as a social commentator. Her essay in Jezebel, following the Ferguson riots, was shared over a million times. Since then she has been invited to write several Op-Eds in the New York Times, and appeared on NPR’s The Brian Lehrer show. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review.

Marcia Tate Arunga is the Dean of the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus. A native of Seattle, Marcia is a renowned cultural artist, activist and educator. She has long worked to improve racial equity and social justice. She has experience teaching intercultural communications, race, class, gender, sociology and leadership.

She is both a scholar and a practitioner. She has a PhD in organizational leadership and change, a Masters in Human Development, and a Bachelors in sociology. She is the author of the book, The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed, which explores culture in the context of stories.


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If you would like to watch the conversation with live captioning, please visit the King County Library System's YouTube Channel on the day of the event to view a simulcast. Automatically generated live captions use machine learning, and the result is imperfect but helpful for many. Chat on YouTube will not be monitored.

Do you have questions for the author? Submit your questions using the "Ask a question" button. Audience members may also vote for the questions they would like to hear answered. Questions submitted in the chat will not be monitored. It's likely that there will not be time to answer every question. Questions will be chosen by the author and moderator.

This event is part of the Author Voices series, made possible with support from the King County Library System Foundation.

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities is available by request. Please contact the library at least seven days before the event for ASL interpretation, captioning services and/or other accommodation for online programs.

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