Dr. Karla Holloway, James B. Duke Emerita of English and African and African American Studies, describes what inspired her to write A Death in Harlem in this short video trailer. In her first novel about a mystery in the “bon vivant” world of the Harlem Renaissance, Holloway wanted to explore some of what she experienced growing up.
Described as “a disquieting debut that examines the seamy side of the Harlem Renaissance” in a Publishers Weekly review, the story delves into the mysterious death of prominent socialite Olivia Frelon. Olivia is an African-American woman who could pass for white. She wins a short story award, but then fails to appear onstage during the Ninth Annual Opportunity Awards Banquet. Instead, she’s lying dead in the street outside the hotel. Apparently, she fell from a high window. Was she pushed?
Find out more about the story when you meet Dr. Holloway who is one of eight regional authors who will be featured at the Women’s National Book Association-Charlotte 10th annual “Bibliofeast” book and author dinner on Mon., Oct. 21, at Maggiano’s Little Italy in
SouthPark. At this “moveable feast,” attendees meet and dine with award-winning regional authors, who move from table to table to converse with guests.
Bibliofeast is a must-attend event for all those who enjoy reading, writing and networking with authors and WNBA.members. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $55.00 for WNBA members, $70.00 for non-members, and include a buffet dinner, dessert, pre-dinner cocktail party, and book signings. Books will be available for purchase from Park Road Books (parkroadbooks.com). For more information, and to
purchase tickets, please go to wnba-charlotte.org/bibliofeast2019.