OUR GEN: A Dialogue with Diane McKinney-Whetstone in conversation with Connie Briscoe

Loyalty is delighted to partner with members of the Black Bookstore Collective to bring you a virtual dialogue with Diane McKinney-Whetstone about Our Gen! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Cafe con Libros' Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event. You can also order a copy of the book below to be automatically added to the registration list. Please email events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions.


Residents of an active-living retirement community revert to lives of youthful indulgence, even as time-bomb secrets of their pasts tick toward explosion. 

The Gen—short for Sexagenarian—is an upscale fifty-five-plus community located in the bucolic suburbs of Philadelphia. Main character Cynthia befriends the Gen’s two other Black residents, Bloc and Tish, as well as Lavia, who everyone assumes is from India. They regularly convene to smoke weed, line dance, and debate politics and philosophy as the wine goes down like silk. Their camaraderie is exhilarating. 

But beneath the fun and froth, storms gather. With its walls of windows gushing light and air, the Gen becomes the catalyst for secrets to be exposed. 

Shifting the narrative between the characters’ pasts and the present day, Diane McKinney-Whetstone deftly builds suspense as she captures with insight, poignancy, and humor, the scars, tenderness, and swagger of those not yet old, but no longer young, coming to the mean acceptance that life is finite after all, who knew. 


The author of the critically acclaimed novels Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street, and Trading Dreams at Midnight, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award for Fiction, which she won twice. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. For more on Diane McKinney-Whetstone please visit www.mckinney-whetstone.com or follow her on Twitter @Dianemckwh.


Connie has been a full-time published author for more than twenty-five years. She is an author of over nine books, including the domestic suspense novel You Never Know, and Stepping Out- a photo-essay anthology on cutting edge Black seniors releasing in 2023. Her work has been published globally, hitting the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Baltimore Sun. Connie was born with a mild hearing impairment but she never let that hold her back. She believes that the challenges of dealing with hearing loss have helped make her a stronger, more resilient, and more determined woman. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting jewelry, and traveling.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Our Gen: A Novel By Diane McKinney-Whetstone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063140110
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad - July 5th, 2022

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You Never Know: A Novel of Domestic Suspense By Connie Briscoe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063246584
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Published: Amistad - March 14th, 2023