Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 7 p.m.
Join us from the comfort of your home as we talk with Ladee Hubbard about her latest book, The Rib King, in celebration of Black History Month.
Two Ways to Participate:
About the Book: Set in a northern city in the first decades of the twentieth century, The Rib King centers on an informal family of Black servants in the prosperous home of the once-wealthy white Barclay family.
As she delineates a world of institutionalized racism, Ladee Hubbard eschews stereotypes, expertly depicting the less-often explored subtleties of class within the Black community as well. Blending history, mystery, and social commentary, The Rib King is a riveting and well-timed drama that arrives as America takes a careful look at its exploitation of African American culture, its misuse of Black iconography, and the ways in which we view others. In The Rib King, Hubbard applies her skillful storytelling talents to a historical novel that taps into seldom explored aspects of the African American experience — issues of appropriation, commercial exploitation, class, and racial denigration that have finally come to the forefront with America’s recent racial and equity reckoning.
About the Author: Ladee Hubbard is the author of The Talented Ribkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Times Literary Supplement, Copper Nickel, and Callaloo. She received a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, the Sacatar Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Born in Massachusetts and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, she currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children.
About the Presentation: The author will join us for an online discussion. There will be time at the end of the event for Q&A submitted through the chat option of Zoom.
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