Tuesday, February 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh
Emily Bernard’s fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim, a woman, a black American, a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and daughter. Bernard writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it.
This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.