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Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan.5, 2020
Interview with Bridgette M. Davis
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
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Sundays, 7 PM – 7:30 PM
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Bridgett M. Davis’s The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers is a memoir and testament to her mother, Fannie Davis, who was a numbers runner. Dr. Brenda Greene and Professor Davis discuss her life in Detroit and the survival strategies of her mother. Davis does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the world of numbers running, a practice that was very much part of the fabric of many Black families and businesses. This work is also about the legacy and continuing issues of social justice, gentrification, and politics.
About the Author
Bridgett M. Davis is a novelist, essayist, filmmaker, curator, and writing professor at Baruch College, CUNY. The World According to Fannie Davis (Little Brown, 2019) is her first nonfiction book. Her second novel, Into the Go-Slow, was selected as a best book of 2014 by Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, BookRiot, and The Root, among others. Professor Davis is director of the Sidney-Harman Writer-in-Residence Program and cofounder and curator for Words@Weeksville, a monthly reading series held at Weeksville Heritage Center. Her essays and reviews have appeared in many newspapers and magazines.
Photograph by Nina Subin