Join us for a talk, tea, and book signing with noted author Jessica Harris ’68. This event is hosted by Marcia Cantarella ’68, in her New York Times-featured home on the Upper West Side.
From a review by Dayna Evans in New York Magazine: “Historian, teacher, and inimitable cookbook author Jessica Harris has spent years telling a tale about herself and the people she has known – James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Nina Simone – in her new book, My Soul Looks Back, a memoir about her life writing, editing, and eating in the West Village in the ’70s. The book, just published, is Harris’s 13th and follows a series of critically acclaimed cookbooks and culinary histories that catalogue everything from Creole flavors to African cuisine’s many mutations in America. Harris’s memoir tells her story of growing up black and middle-class in New York City, recounts her years-long relationship with Sam Floyd (James Baldwin’s best friend, who eventually died of AIDS), and examines why the West Village and the Upper West Side were homes to members of the black intelligentsia during that time. It also features a version of Maya Angelou’s recipe for ‘eight-boy curry.’” Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
WHAT: Tea and Book Signing with Jessica Harris ‘68
WHEN: Sunday, June 11, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT: Contact Marcia Cantarella ‘68 (firstname.lastname@example.org)