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A Conversation on Race & Grace in America, with Denise Kiernan & D. Watkins

May 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The non-fiction work of DENISE KIERNAN has become surefire bestseller material (The Girls of Atomic City, The Last Castle) and her latest book, We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace, brings her considerable gifts to the untold story of Lincoln and the burgeoning of the Thanksgiving holiday. D. WATKINS, author of the recent We Speak for Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress (and also The Cook-Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America), introduces you to Down Bottom, the storied community of East Baltimore that holds a mirror to America’s poor black neighborhoods–“hoods” that could just as easily be in Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, or Atlanta. As Watkins sees it, the perspective of people who live in economically disadvantaged black communities is largely absent from the commentary of many top intellectuals who speak and write about race.[rsvp required; see below]

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DENISE KIERNAN is a writer and producer. She writes for herself, has ghost written, and has written for both adults and children. And she’s occasionally written with her husband, author Joseph D’Agnese. She started out in journalism and has covered everything from women’s issues, sports and history to food, travel and education in places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Saveur, Discover, Ms., Reader’s Digest, and others. She also worked as head writer for ABC‘s “Who Wants to be Millionaire” during its Emmy award-winning first season and has produced for ESPN, MSNBC and a variety of independent productions.
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D. WATKINS is Editor at Large for Salon. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore where he is a  college lecturer  and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America and The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. Watkins is from and lives in Baltimore.
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May 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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