Decatur Library Auditorium
February 19, 2013, 7:15 P.M.
We welcome a distinctive and gifted new voice in American literature, Margaret Wrinkle, with another program in our observance of Black History Month. Wrinkle, a writer from Birmingham, Alabama, is the author of ”Wash,” a luminous debut novel which takes readers on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the American South to West Africa to the ancestral stories that reside in the soul. Wash is a young man in the Revolutionary War era, the first member of his family born into slavery, who carefully navigates the currents of his difficult position, seeking to understand his place in this turbulent time with the help of a potent healer named Pallas. Critics call it a ”heart-rending” novel that will haunt readers as they witness the inhumanities of slavery and triumph with its survivors. Wrinkle is a writer and filmmaker whose award-winning documentary ”broken/ground” about the racial divide in her hometown has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition.