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20th Annual National Library Week Author Visit: Hillary Jordan

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.

Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short, Aftermirth. Her first novel, Mudbound, tells the story of two families, white landowners and their black sharecroppers in Mississippi. Both families are changed forever when their young men return from battle in Europe and strike up an unlikely friendship, in defiance of Jim Crow-era expectations. It was published in 2008 after winning the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, a prize established by author Barbara Kingsolver to recognize literary books of merit that address issues of social justice. Mudbound won numerous other awards including the Alex Award from the American Library Association. It has been made into a feature film directed by Dee Rees starring Mary J Blige and was released in 2017. Jordan is finishing up a companion book to Mudbound. Her second novel, When She Woke, is a dystopian take on The Scarlet Letter that blends hot-button issues such as the separation of church and state, abortion, and criminal justice with an utterly engrossing story, driven by a heroine as layered and magnetic as Hester Prynne herself. When she’s not scribbling away, Hillary teaches occasional writing workshops and gives talks at colleges, literary festivals and community libraries. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She grew up in Dallas, TX and Muskogee, OK and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

Watch a trailer of the film adaptation of her new book.

Registration for this program sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library begins March 8.