Photo Gallery: “Rediscovering Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Salon”

“Rediscovering Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Salon”

with Deborah Plant, Hurston Scholar & Editor of the New York Times Best Seller Barracoon 


As part of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Restoration Plaza, The Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216



The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with RestorationArt, presents a literary salon featuring Deborah Plant, editor of the recently released book Barracoon, by celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston.

The discussion will focus on the publication of the previously unpublished work as well as the influence of the works of Zora Neale Hurston on Black culture. Joining Deborah Plant in the discussion will be Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director, RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre, and Dr. Brenda Greene, executive director of the Center for Black Literature.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is a non-fiction work by Zora Neale Hurston. It is based on her interviews in 1927 with Cudjo Lewis, the last living survivor of the Middle Passage.  (Source Wikipedia)

Photo from Tampa Bay Times

Deborah G. Plant is an African American literature and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston.

She is editor of Barracoon, the 2018 New York Times bestseller, by Zora Neale Hurston.  Other books include Every Tub Must Sit On Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston(Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1995), a reevaluation of Hurston’s philosophical bases for individualism and self-reliance rooted in Booker T. Washington, Spinoza, Nietzsche, her mother’s practicality, and her father’s Baptist tenets; The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, editor (Westport: Praeger, 2010), 20 essays on recent findings and issues in Hurston studies; and Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit (Westport: Praeger, 2007), an exploration of Hurston’s spirituality as reflected in her writings, folkloric research and publications, life experiences, societal concerns and struggles, her political activity, and even the nature of her final years and death; and Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times (Westport: Praeger-ABC CLIO, 2017), is an exploration of the philosophical thought that informs Alice Walker’s life, work, and activism. [Biography from The National Coalition of Independent Scholars.]

Dr. Indira Etwaroo, scholar, educator and nonprofit arts and culture strategist, has worked with institutions across the country and the world. Under Dr. Etwaroo’s leadership, RestorationART at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation continues to build a dynamic campus of world-class performing and visual arts to illuminate the stories of people of African descent. Etwaroo was the founding executive producer of The Greene Space at New York Public Radio.  She conceptualized and produced the first-ever seminal recordings of August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle: (2013) and the American Radio Broadcast Premiere of Their Eyes Were Watching God. This was followed by her work at NPR as founding executive producer and director of “NPR Presents.” She received her PhD in cultural studies and dance.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she lived in Ethiopia connecting the complex intersections of art, social justice and community, which continues to be the throughline in her work.

This event is presented by the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College CUNY, in Partnership with RestorationART with support from Amistad/HarperCollins and the Amazon Literary Partnership.



2018 Brooklyn Book Festival

Market Place:

Sunday, September 16, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity

Rain or Shine. Open to the public.

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