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Lorenzo Society’s Virtual Book Club to feature writer Jael Richardson

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Feb 8, 2022

Category: UNB Saint John

UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Virtual Book Club will feature writer Jael Richardson reading from her novel, Gutter Child, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

In Gutter Child, one young woman’s journey through a fractured world of heartbreaking disadvantages and shocking injustices is revealed. Elimina is a modern heroine in an altered but all too recognizable reality who must find the strength within herself to forge her future and defy a system that tries to shape her destiny.

Jael Richardson is the artistic director of the FOLD literary festival, the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q and an outspoken advocate on issues of diversity. She is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, appear in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Richardson received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph.

The Lorenzo Virtual Book Club is a moderated discussion and all are welcome to attend. The conversation takes place on Microsoft Teams and will later be featured in the Lorenzo by Night podcast. Important to note is that the registrants can be individuals, book clubs, or groups of friends who have bubbled. Participants can be from Saint John, other communities in New Brunswick, other parts of Canada and beyond. In order to receive the link to the discussion, participants must register for free in advance by emailing lorenzo@unb.ca.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, the New Brunswick Literary Promotion Program, UNB Saint John and its private reading sponsors.

SPOILER ALERT: A spoiler alert notice will be issued at the end of the first part of the discussion to inform participants that, during the second portion of the evening, they will hear plot twists and, potentially, the ending. The assumption is that every participant has read the book prior to the event.

For more information email lorenzo@unb.ca.