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Virtual book launch with Sadeqa Johnson, in conversation with Lisa Wingate

Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Award-winning author Sadeqa Johnson will be in conversation with Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours, to celebrate the debut of her latest novel, "Yellow Wife", at 6:30 on January 12th. Registration is required.
Inspired by the story of Mary Lumpkin and the Lumpkin Jail in Richmond, Virginia, Yellow Wife tells the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Richmond, Virginia.
One attendee to this virtual event will win a gift basket with a signed copy of "Yellow Wife". Autographed copies sold by Chop Suey books www.chopsueybooks.com/products/yellowwife

“A fully immersive, intricately crafted story inspired by the pages of history. In Pheby, Sadeqa Johnson has created a woman whose struggle to survive and to protect the ones she loves will have readers turning the pages as fast as their fingers can fly. Simply enthralling.” —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Called "wholly engrossing" by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels. Her accolades include the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit SadeqaJohnson.net.

Virtual Event
Price

Free

Audience

All ages, Wheelchair Accessible

Type

Groups & Gatherings

Topic

Literary

Website

https://rvalibrary.libcal.com/event/7...

Group & Artist
Richmond Public Library
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