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Ayana Mathis in Conversation

Join PEN Birmingham as we host Ayana Mathis to celebrate her much-anticipated second novel, THE UNSETTLED. Idrissa N. Snider, author and columnist, will join her in conversation. The event is free and open to everyone. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

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Ayana Mathis headshotAyana Mathis’s first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was a New York Times best-seller, an NPR Best Book of 2013, and the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. and has been translated into sixteen languages. Her nonfiction has been published in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, Guernica, and RollingStone. Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in New York City where she teaches writing in Hunter College’s MFA Program.

Idrissa N. Snider headshotIdrissa N. Snider, Ph.D., is a womanist scholar and author. Her forthcoming book, So, Journey and Tell the Truth: Self-Definitive Exploration of Black American Female Icons, is slated for release in 2024 with Lexington. It is a fresh look at how Black women posit identity as a force of resistance against political and entertainment spaces that systematically misname and mischaracterize the group. Snider travels the country facilitating talks and lectures on DEI at the crossroads of intersectionality. In addition to Snider’s research, she is passionate about our youth and supports numerous educational efforts to promote African-American history. She frequently writes an opinion column for the Birmingham Times and has taught at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University, amongst other colleges and institutes.

About The Unsettled

From the best-selling author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, a searing multi-generational novel—set in the 1980s in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia and in the tiny town of Bonaparte, Alabama—about a mother fighting for her sanity and survival.

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