Lecture Series: Kia Corthron


Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )


American novelist and playwright Kia Corthron will be joining us at KNI to talk about the process of writing and the story behind her novel, Moon and the Mars.

"Set in the impoverished Five Points district of New York City during the years 1857-1863, the reader experiences neighborhood life through the eyes of Theodora Brigid Brook, an orphan living between the homes of her Black and Irish grandmothers. Throughout her formative years, Theo witnesses everything from the creation of tap dance to P.T. Barnum's sensationalist museum to the draft riots that tear NYC asunder, amidst the daily maelstrom of Five Points work, hardship, and camaraderie. Meanwhile, white America's attitudes towards people of color and slavery are shifting—painfully, transformationally—as the nation divides and marches to war."

Please join us for what will be a highly engaging and interesting talk with Kia! There will be a book sale of Moon and the Mars after the event.