An Evening with Zora Neale Hurston ft. Morgan Jerkins, Lucy Ann Hurston, Genevieve West, and Patrick Dougher

We're celebrating the release of the boxed set of Zora Neale Hurston's collection of works, all with reimagined covers illustrated by incredible Black artists, and her newest release of essays, You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays. NYT bestselling author, Morgan Jerkins, will moderate a conversation with Lucy Ann Hurston (scholar and niece of Zora Neale Hurston), Patrick Dougher (cover artist for Their Eyes Were Watching God), and Genevieve West (co-editor of You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays). Loyalty is thrilled to be one of the bookstore partners for this special virtual event hosted by our friends Kindred Stories! Click here to register for the event, which will be held digitally via Crowdcast.

This event is sponsored by the following bookstores:

Kindred Stories, Cafe Con Libros, The Salteaters Bookshop, Cafe Noire, Beyond Barcodes Bookstore, Malik's Books, Wow Book and Toy Store, Afriware Books, Da Book Joint, Miranda Writes Bookstore, Turning Page Bookshop, Loyalty Bookstores, and Black Pearl Books.  These stores are part of the Black Bookstore Collective founded by Mahagony Books and Cafe Con Libros.

About the Boxed Set:

Available for the first time, this amazing boxed set includes 10 repackaged Zora Neale Hurston classics--each with a newly imagined cover by a popular contemporary Black artist. It's a beautifully-imaged package at a very affordable price point.

Cover artists are: Charly Palmer, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jerome Lagarrigue, Patrick Dougher, Diana Ejaita, Jeff Manning, Samira Addo, Terry Lynn, Jamilla Okubo, and Tizta Berhanu.

Books included in the set:

  • Dust Tracks on a Road
  • Jonah's Gourd Vine
  • Mules and Men
  • Tell My Horse
  • The Complete Stories
  • Every Tongue Got to Confess
  • Moses, Man of the Mountain
  • Seraph on the Suwanee
  • Mule Bone
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

About You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays:

Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

“One of the greatest writers of our time.”—Toni Morrison

One of the most acclaimed artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston was a gifted novelist, playwright, and essayist. Drawn from three decades of her work, this anthology showcases her development as a writer, from her early pieces expounding on the beauty and precision of African American art to some of her final published works, covering the sensational trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy Black woman convicted in 1952 for killing a white doctor. Among the selections are Hurston’s well-known works such as “How It Feels to be Colored Me” and “My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience.” 

The essays in this essential collection are grouped thematically and cover a panoply of topics, including politics, race and gender, and folkloric study from the height of the Harlem Renaissance to the early years of the Civil Rights movement. Demonstrating the breadth of this revered and influential writer’s work, You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays is an invaluable chronicle of a writer’s development and a window into her world and time.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 8:30pm
Event address: 
Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063223790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad - January 4th, 2022

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063043855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad - January 18th, 2022