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Mon, Apr 29


Cafe con Libros, Bk.

Author Talk: "I'll Give You A Reason."

Please join us in celebrating debut author Annell Lopez first book of short stories with Bridgett M. Davis, author of "The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers."

Author Talk: "I'll Give You A Reason."
Author Talk: "I'll Give You A Reason."

Time & Location

Apr 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cafe con Libros, Bk., 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA

About the Event

About the Book:

The vibrant stories in I’ll Give You a Reason explore race, identity, connection, and belonging in the Ironbound, an immigrant neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. A young widow goes on her first date since her husband’s death and finds herself hunting a bear in the woods with a near stranger. An unhappy wife compares her mother’s love spells and rituals to her own efforts to repair her strained marriage. A self-conscious college student discovers a porn star who shares her name and becomes obsessed with her doppelgänger’s freedom and comfort with her own body.

Annell López’s indelible characters tread the waters of political unrest, sexuality, religion, body image, Blackness, colorism, and gentrification—searching for their identities and a sliver of joy and intimacy. Through each story, a nuanced portrait of the “American Dream” emerges, uplifting the voices of those on its margins.

About the Author:

Annell López is a Dominican immigrant. She is the author of the short story collection I’ll Give You a Reason, winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. A 2022 Peter Taylor fellow, her work has received support from Tin House and the Kenyon Review Workshops and has appeared in American Short Fiction, Michigan Quarterly Review, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. López is an Assistant Fiction Editor for New Orleans Review and holds an MFA at the University of New Orleans. She is working on a novel.

About the Conversation Partner:

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the memoir, The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, named a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, NBC News and Parade Magazine and most recently featured as a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy! The upcoming film adaptation will

be produced by Plan B Entertainment and released by Searchlight Pictures. 

Davis is currently writing a new memoir, Love, Rita, to be published by Harper Books in spring 2025. She is author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow, named a Best Book of 2014 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and Shifting Through Neutral, shortlisted for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award.

Davis is also writer/director of the 1998 award-winning feature film Naked Acts, newly restored by Milestone Films and Kino Lorber, and slated for select theaters in June 2024. 

Davis is Professor Emerita in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, where she has taught creative, narrative and film writing. Her essays have appeared most recently in The New York Times, The Millions, Real Simple, the LA Times and O, the Oprah Magazine. A graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. Visit her website at


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