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Acclaimed author to speak at Island Books tonight

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Mercer Island Arts Council is presenting Margaret Wrinkle, author of the novel "Wash" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, at Island Books.

The winner of the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Wash reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Margaret Wrinkle's novel "Wash" reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing.

Published by Grove/Atlantic, "Wash" is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an O, The Oprah Magazine 'top ten books to pick up now' and a People magazine 4-star pick. It has been short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and nominated for the Crook’s Corner Prize for debut Southern novel.

Wrinkle has earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Yale University and has also studied traditional West African spiritual practices with Malidoma Somé.

Wrinkle is the 2013 recipient of the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile Griot Award for outstanding contribution as storyteller of diverse cultural heritage. Her award-winning documentary “broken\ground,” made with Chris Lawson about the racial divide in her historically conflicted hometown, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in rural New Mexico.

 

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