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Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Valerie Boyd

Valerie Boyd
285 Special Collections Library

Join the Hargrett Library for the induction of Valerie Boyd into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in room 285 of the UGA Special Collections Building. Following her induction, a panel of contributors to Boyd's last work, Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, will hold a discussion followed by a Q&A. Panelists for the discussion include Rosalind Bentley, Karen Good Marable, Latria Graham, Tayari Jones, with Shay Youngblood moderating; a light reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Email to RSVP.

More About the Author

Atlanta native Valerie Boyd was a writer, teacher, editor, and acclaimed biographer of Zora Neale Hurston. Her 2003 book, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, was celebrated as “the definitive Hurston biography for many years to come.” The book won the Southern Book Award for best nonfiction of the year, and Boyd was named Georgia Author of the Year in nonfiction. Her final books, Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker and Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, will be posthumously published in 2022. 

This event is cosponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University of Georgia Press. 

This event has been selected to be part of the University of Georgia's Signature Lectures Series for Fall 2022. Access is provided for people with disabilities. Please contact Leandra Nessel, Libraries Development, 706.542.3879, by September 13th for specific requests.

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