Inprint, you never let us down. The literary arts nonprofit just dropped the deets on a surprise virtual conversation with renowned historian Annette Gordon-Reed. During the free event, scheduled for June 21, the Harvard professor and MacArthur "genius" will read an excerpt from her memoir, On Juneteenth, before conversing with ABC-13’s Melanie Lawson.
“We are thrilled and honored to present the great historian Annette Gordon-Reed in celebration of her new book, On Juneteenth, which is both essential reading for our time and profoundly relevant to this region,” Inprint Executive Director Rich Levy said in a statement.
Gordon-Reed, who grew up 40 miles north of Houston in Conroe, forever changed how we think about America’s founding fathers with her revelatory and explosive scholarship of Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings. Her subsequent book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, earned her a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Humanities Medal, among a sea of other accolades, and catapulted her to the top of the academic world.
Already a New York Times bestseller, Gordon-Reed’s newest book is captivating and educating readers with its mix of personal reflections on the Black experience in Texas and on the complicated history of Juneteenth, which has its roots in Galveston.
Extra Inprint events are always exciting, but this one is especially significant given its topic and the relevance Juneteenth has recently taken in our national consciousness. If that’s not enough, the reading is part of a special team-up with the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Kindred Spirits, the Bayou City’s newest Black-owned bookstore, based out of the Third Ward.
“We are always delighted to work with Inprint,” added John Guess, HMAAC's CEO, “and especially on this occasion to present Annette Gordon-Reed to her home state audience, in collaboration with Kindred Stories.”
June 21. Free. Online. More info and registration at inprinthouston.org.