In this short story collection, black girls and women learn the rules of love, power, and respectability—and how to break them—in the shifting cityscape of Washington, D.C. A young pianist feels a new world waiting at her fingertips whenever she plays; a mother believes rubbing shoulders with the middle-class elite will secure her children’s future; a millennial navigates the fraught terrain of interracial relationships and reflects that gentrification, like love, can seem promising at first. Training School for Negro Girls deftly explores the dynamics of race, gender, and class while celebrating black womanhood in its multiplicity. Acker infuses these stories of heartbreak, rage, and persistence with hope, as her characters slowly find ways to rise above social prescription and into more authentic ways of being.
WORD is proud to host Camille in conversation with Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl.
Please note there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including Training School for Negro Girls. Please note that if you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission.
ABOUT CAMILLE ACKER
Camille Acker holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has appeared in Hazlitt and VICE, among other outlets. Raised in D.C., she currently lives in Philadelphia.
ABOUT GLORY EDIM
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter.
"This flawlessly executed work reinvigorates the short fiction genre." --BUST
"Acker perfectly captures the varied experiences of her characters, making clear that each of their] lives is worth exploring individually, and valued as being one shining part of the ocean of human experience." --NYLON
$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including Training School for Negro Girls. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.
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