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City’s Black History Month Celebration to Feature Acclaimed Authors Danielle Evans and Kim McLarin


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The City of Cambridge Employees’ Committee on Diversity will host Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections: a Novella and Stories in celebration of Black History Month, 2021. Danielle Evans will be in conversation with Kimberly McLarin, author of a forthcoming critique of James Baldwin’s, Another Country. The virtual program will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event is cosponsored by the City Manager’s Office, Mayor's Office and Cambridge Public Library.

Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her incisive voice and insights into complex human relationships. In The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans explores moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. Evans explores how history haunts us, personally and collectively, and challenges us to think about the truths of American history—about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight. The Office of Historical Corrections was listed by the Washington Post as a Notable Book of 2020, a Best Book of 2020 by O Magazine and was a finalist for the Story Prize. It was longlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. 

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down (1999), Meeting of the Waters (2001), and Jump at the Sun (2006) and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, & Midlife. McLarin is also co-writer of the memoir Growing Up X by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love.

McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Root, and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record, and The Associated Press. She is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.

Registration is required to participate in the event.