Jessica P. Pryde presents Black Love Matters

(Tucson, AZ) Pima County Public Library's LGBTQ+ Services Committee will commemorate its 25th anniversary with a Virtual Author Talk Series.

Kicking off this exciting series is the Library's own Jessica P. Pryde, who will talk about her new book, Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters, a collection which showcases Black voices, some of which are also queer voices.

Saturday, February 12, 2022
10 to 11 am
Please register in advance.

Jessica will talk about her work, some of the contributing authors, and answer questions from the audience. This event is a partnership between the Library's LGBTQ+ Services Committee and the Kindred Team. The book will be released February 1st and has already garnered some great reviews, including:

"The collection's strength is in its thoughtfulness and wealth of perspectives. The result is as unique as it is heartfelt."- Publishers Weekly

"Readers will come away with a robust education in Black love and literature." - Kirkus Reviews

Black Love Matters is "an incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators. Romantic love has been one of the most essential elements of storytelling for centuries. But for Black people in the United States and across the diaspora, it hasn't often been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media."

In this collection, revered authors and sparkling newcomers, librarians and academicians, and avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories. Contributors include Carole V. Bell, Jasmine Guillory, Da'Shaun L. Harrison, and more. 


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