Reading With Purpose Book Group: Memories I Never Had: Writing The Days of Afrekete

Code: SL32801

Dates: April 6, 2022

Meets: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $39.00

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Learn how writing fiction interacts with memory. Sometimes we begin to think that what we have written is real. Sometimes writing changes the past, just as re-imagining the past does. Asali Solomon discusses the process of writing her most recent novel, The Days of Afrekete, which is a novel that is about love lost, big life decisions and how memory works. She will also talk a bit about her previous works, coming-of-age stories that drew more obviously on her own autobiography as a Black West Philadelphian who attended school on the Main Line.
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Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon’s first novel, Disgruntled, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. Her debut story collection, Get Down, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honor, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Essence, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s, on NPR, and in several anthologies including The Best Short Stories of 2021: The O. Henry Prize Collection. Her latest novel, The Days of Afrekete, has been called “a feat of engineering” by the New York Times and “pristine” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Solomon holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the famed Iowa Writers’ Project. She is an Associate Professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at Haverford College.


Ellen Trachtenberg

Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.


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