Tue, Apr 12|
*IN-PERSON* Launch Event: A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Keisha-Gaye Anderson
Combining the haunting power of Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the evocative atmosphere of Phillippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade, this illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive
Time & Location
Apr 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Brooklyn, 1090 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11213, USA
About the Event
A Woman of Endurance, set in nineteenth-century Puerto Rican plantation society, follows Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman who is captured and later sold for the purpose of breeding future slaves. The resulting babies are taken from her as soon as they are born. Pola loses the faith that has guided her and becomes embittered and defensive. The dehumanizing violence of her life almost destroys her. But this is not a novel of defeat but rather one of survival, regeneration, and reclamation of common humanity.
Readers are invited to join Pola in her journey to healing. From the sadistic barbarity of her first experiences, she moves on to receive compassion and support from a revitalizing new community. Along the way, she learns to recognize and embrace the many faces of love—a mother’s love, a daughter’s love, a sister’s love, a love of community, and the self-love that she must recover before she can offer herself to another. It is ultimately, a novel of the triumph of the human spirit even under the most brutal of conditions.
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Llanos-Figueroa taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City school system before becoming a young-adult librarian and writer. The hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines such as Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Growing Up Girl, Afro-Hispanic Review, Pleaides, Latino Book Review, Label Me Latina/o, and Kweli Journal. She lives in New York City.
Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican-born poet and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Everything Is Necessary (Willow Books), Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing), and A Spell for Living (Agape Editions). Her poems, essays, and fiction have been widely published in anthologies and literary journals. Keisha is a past participant of VONA and Callaloo writing workshops, and was short listed for the Small Axe Literary award. In 2018, she was selected as a Brooklyn Public Library Artist in Residence. She was presented with the Poetic Icon Award from her alma mater Syracuse University in 2021. Keisha holds an M.F.A. from The City College, CUNY. She works as a senior leader communications for a youth mental health nonprofit. Learn more at www.keishagaye.ink.
Entry (no book)
This ticket includes entry to the event. Copies of A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE may be limited and unavailable for purchase. Limited spaces are available.
Book + entry
This ticket includes a copy of A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE and entry to the event. Dahlma will be signing copies after an author talk. This is for pick-up only; there is an additional fee for the book to be shipped.