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Tue, Nov 14


Cafe con Libros, Bk.

New Time!!! Book Launch: "The Death of a Jaybird" with author Jodi M. Savage.

Join us for the book launch "The Death of a Jaybird;" a thoughtful examination of complicated family love, loss, and the liberating power of claiming our stories.

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New Time!!! Book Launch: "The Death of a Jaybird" with author Jodi M. Savage.
New Time!!! Book Launch: "The Death of a Jaybird" with author Jodi M. Savage.

Time & Location

Nov 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM EST

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

About the Event

About the Book: 

Reminiscent of The Year of Magical Thinking and Somebody’s Daughter, a deeply empathetic and often humorous collection of essays that explore the author’s ever-changing relationships with her grandmother and mother, through sickness and health, as they experience the joys and challenges of Black American womanhood.

Jodi M. Savage was raised in Brooklyn, New York, by her maternal grandmother. Her whip-smart, charismatic mother struggled with addiction and was unable to care for her. Granny—a fiery Pentecostal preacher who had a way with words—was Jodi’s rock, until Alzheimer’s disease turned the tables, and a 28-year-old Jodi stepped into the role of caretaker. It was up to Jodi to get them both through the devastations of a deteriorating mind. After Granny passed away, Jodi spent years trying to reckon with her grief. Jodi and her mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer nearly a decade later, and then Jodi lost her too.

In this searing, candid collection of essays, Jodi illuminates the roles that identity and memory play in preserving those we love. Jodi explores the lives of modern Black women and communities through the prism of her personal experiences. With grace, creativity, and insight, she looks at femininity, family, race, mental illness, grief, healthcare, and faith. Jodi deftly portrays how trauma is inherited, and how the struggle to break a generational curse can last a lifetime.

About the Author:

Jodi M. Savage is a writer and attorney whose essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Catapult, Kweli Journal, the VIDA Review, WSQ Journal, and elsewhere. She is a Goldwater Fellow and MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Conversation Partner:

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, visual artist, and novelist. She is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award. Griffiths is also a recipient of fellowships from many organizations, including Cave Canem Foundation, Kimbilio, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Yaddo. Her work has been published in the The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, and other publications. Promise is her first novel


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