Moonrise Over New Jessup: Jamila Minnicks and Jamise Harper

Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Moonrise Over New Jessup is a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama.

Join Jamila Minnicks and Jamise Harper to celebrate the arrival of a vital new voice. A conversation will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing.

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“With compelling characters and a heart-pounding plot, Jamila Minnicks pulled me into pages of history I’d never turned before.”  
—Barbara Kingsolver 

“Read this book. Cherish it. Protect it. You must. Right out of the gate, Jamila Minnicks’s Moonrise Over New Jessup is a masterpiece.” 
—Robert Jones, Jr.



Jamila Minnicks’ work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Catapult, Blackbird, CRAFT, The Write Launch, and elsewhere. Her piece, Politics of Distraction, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Howard University School of Law, and the Georgetown University Law Center.  She lives in Washington, DC. 


Jamise Harper is an avid reader, wine enthusiast, influencer, and champion for amplifying marginalized voices. A passion for reading diverse books led her to create the #diversespines hashtag and Diverse Spines® book community on social media, which highlights literature by Black women and women of color. She is the co-author (with Jane Mount) of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines (Chronicle Books, 2021), and the creator of Spines & Vines®, a blog dedicated to book and wine pairings. She is also the host of Literary Wine Down, a book + wine conversational series on Instagram Live featuring debut and bestselling authors. Jamise is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and lives in the Washington, DC metro area.