4 WEEK READING SERIES IN BROOKLYN
JUNE 15TH, JUNE 22ND, JUNE 29TH, JULY 6TH
Madiba Restaurant, 195 DeKalb Avenue
Fort Greene Brooklyn, NYC, 7pm
“[Here Comes The Sun] vividly captures the fraught dynamics of familial and romantic relationships, and Margot’s love for the outcast Verdene, a woman in whom she discovers ‘a deeper understanding of what it means to feel connected to a whole person,’ is particularly poignant.” – THE NEW YORKER
Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman—fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves—must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
Nicole Dennis-Benn has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Lambda, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches writing.
Since 1999, Madiba Restaurant has been bringing the home cooking of South African Kitchens to New York tables. From Portuguese spices to Indian curries and African legumes, Madiba Restaurant tips a hat to South African street food – from inner city market to harbor landing.
Participants get a signed copy of the book and a drink per week. Proceeds to benefit WBAI FM Radio. $40