Blueprint Reading Series: LaToya Watkins
Craft Class at 3pm in Soper (JR227)
Reading / Q&A at 7pm in Soper (JR227)
From a stunning new voice comes a powerful debut novel, Perish, about a Black Texan family, exploring the effects of inherited trauma and intergenerational violence as the family comes together to say goodbye to their matriarch on her deathbed.
Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by *Good Morning America.com* *Essence* *Esquire* *The Root* *Bustle* *PopSugar* *Ms. Magazine* and *The Millions*
“Watkins’s prose is effortless and forthright. . .This is an impressive feat of storytelling. . .It’s a difficult read and a tender story of silences and secrets. It’s a novel about coming home, despite that home being broken. And it’s a brave triumph of a novel that readers won’t forget long after finishing it.”
—New York Times Book Review
LaToya Watkins was born in Texas. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, The Sun, Kweli Journal, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a Kimibilo fellow and has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the MacDowell, OMI: Arts, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation. Perish is her debut novel. She lives and teaches in Dallas.
Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00pm to 8:00pm
JR227, Soper Room