Tea Talk: Writing Black & White: The Perils & Pleasures of Writing Multi-cultural Historical Fiction

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2 to 4 pm, at Portsmouth Public Library.

Writing Black and White: The Perils and Pleasures of Writing Multi-cultural Historical Fiction
Presenter: Jodi Daynard

Our Own CountryIf you could time-travel to Portsmouth during the Revolutionary War, what would it look like? How did blacks and whites relate to one another in their daily lives? Come hear about OUR OWN COUNTY, the story of one young woman who dared to cross the racial divide. Hear too, about the challenges author Jodi Daynard faced while endeavoring to create authentic portraits of both slavery and of interracial love.

Jodi Daynard is the internationally known author of the best-selling novel The Midwife’s Revolt. Her new novel, Our Own Country, is the second of a trilogy, the third of which will be published in 2017. She is also the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers. Ms. Daynard’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Paris Review, Agni, and New England Review. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and in the MFA program at Emerson College, and served for seven years as the fiction editor at Boston Review.
Book signing to follow discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.


This tea talk is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks: A series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture.

These Sunday afternoon “Tea Talks” are participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture, presented by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, from February 7 through March 13, 2016, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The March 6 Tea Talk is at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth NH. All other Tea Talks are at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St.

Please call 603-436-8433 or email JerriAnne Boggis for more information.