Spotlight: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Hobart Festival of Women Writers is happy to welcome again LaShonda Katrice Barnett as a ParticipatingWriters for 2018


LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic), is a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book, a distinction awarded by the American Library Association.  Jam was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune; won ElIe Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Barnett’s other books include:  I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and the story collection Callaloo (1999). The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of plays (Homewood; Menemsha; and L’Echange) examine race in the context of one interracial American family. Twice-nominated for the 2015 Pushcart prize for her short fiction, Barnett holds the Ph.D. in American Studies and is the Visting Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  LaShonda is currently completing the historical novel, God’s Folly. For more information: @LaShondaKatrice

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Listen to: LaShonda Katrice Barnett on NPR to hear a discussion with NPR’s Rachel Martin about JAM ON THE VINE.

  “Please pick this book up! It is definitely a five-star book. It will grip you from start to finish.” Check out Brown Girl Reading entire video review of Jam On The Vine. 

LaShonda Katrice Barnett speaks about her process, her work, her family with Michael Cunningham

“African-American history is so rife with really important information that most people never know. And when I say most, I am including black people and all American people. We just do not know African-American history in this country. I thought I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss an opportunity to not insert very significant events.” – LKB

Link here for Barnett’s entire interview in The Rumpus


For Festival of Women Writers 2018, LaSonda Katrice Barnett will present: 

The Truthful Lie: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction, a workshop that will consider the practical challenge at the core of writing historical fiction: the seamless integration of fictive imagination and historical fact. The workshop will begin with discussion and deconstruction of specific scenes and participants will be introduced to the tools of historical research for novel writing with particular attention to setting the scene, establishing the period and finding a historically accurate voice. For a fuller description of this and all of the workshops on offer for Festival of Women Writers 2018, go to WORKSHOPS 2018

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