Elizabeth Acevedo with Jennifer De Leon: Family Lore

Elizabeth Acevedo with Jennifer De Leon: Family Lore

Tuesday, August 08, 2023 - 6:00PM ET
Event address: 
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446

Live and in person with Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre! Celebrate the release of Family Lore with Elizabeth Acevedo, in conversation with Jennifer De Leon.

 

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This event is ticketed. Tickets include:

a general admission seat at the event

OR

a general admission seat at the event AND a copy of Family Lore.

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Family Lore

A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 from: Today.com * Time * Electric Literature * Seattle Times * Telemundo * Washington Post * HipLatina * Harper's Bazaar * Elle

From the bestselling, National Book Award–winning author Elizabeth Acevedo comes her first novel for adults, the story of one Dominican-American family told through the voices of its women as they await a gathering that will forever change their lives.

Flor has a gift: she can predict, to the day, when someone will die. So when she decides she wants a living wake—a party to bring her family and community together to celebrate the long life she’s led—her sisters are surprised. Has Flor foreseen her own death, or someone else’s? Does she have other motives? She refuses to tell her sisters, Matilde, Pastora, and Camila.

But Flor isn’t the only person with secrets: her sisters are hiding things, too. And the next generation, cousins Ona and Yadi, face tumult of their own.

Spanning the three days prior to the wake, Family Lore traces the lives of each of the Marte women, weaving together past and present, Santo Domingo and New York City. Told with Elizabeth Acevedo’s inimitable and incandescent voice, this is an indelible portrait of sisters and cousins, aunts and nieces—one family’s journey through their history, helping them better navigate all that is to come.

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. She is also the author of With the Fire on High—named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal—and Clap When You Land, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book and a Kirkus Prize finalist. She holds a BA in performing arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem and CantoMundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writers Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and resides in Washington, DC, with her love.

Jennifer De Leon is author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Simon & Schuster, 2020) which was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing (UMass Press, 2021), which is a recipient of the Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), an anthology that won an International Latino Book Award. An Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals. Her YA novel Borderless was published in April 2023. Also on the way are two children’s picture books—So Many Gifts, and a biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. Jenn currently makes her home outside the Boston area with her husband and two sons.

 

EVENT ACCESSIBILITY

This event will take place on the second floor of Coolidge Corner Theatre, which is accessibly by stair and elevator. Wheelchair spaces are available in the theater. ASL interpretation may be provided (based on the availability of interpreters) but must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. Seats are general admission (first come, first served). Please email us at tickets@brooklinebooksmith.com as soon as possible if you require ASL interpretation, a guaranteed seat location, a wheelchair space, or other accommodations. We will do our best to serve your needs!