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Word on The Street

Thalia Book Club: The Street by Ann Petry

Wed, Apr 24 at 7:30 pm

Symphony Space – Broadway and 95th Street

Revisit this 1946 classic with authors Sapphire (Push), Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem is Nowhere), and actress Sonia Manzano (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) and other writers explore the gritty, emotional story set in Harlem.  Actress Roslyn Ruff (The Piano LessonThe Help) will read an excerpt.

“A gripping tale … overflowing with imaginative writing.”- The New York Times

“While Down These Mean Streets and Manchild in the Promise Land showed women’s experience as ancillary at best, The Street put a black woman’s experience, her struggles in the inner city, CENTER! That was important to me.” - Sapphire

“I was encouraged to read The Street as a 17-year-old taking a special summer course on “Geography and Literature” at Cornell University. The professors had a hunch that Ann Petry’s novel would resonate with my interests. They were right: I was captivated, terrified and enchanted — all at once. I was already building the Harlem of my mind through encounters with poetry, photography and art. Reading the The Street added another layer to that personal map, which I later explored when I came to live here and eventually began to write Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.”  Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

 

For a $5 ticket, use the code:  Street

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