City of Asylum (2017)

Margo Jefferson

Thursday, June 27th
8:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and author Margo Jefferson will be reading from her multi-award winning autobiography Negroland, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Heartland Prize.

Margo Jefferson

Margo places a critical lens to her childhood growing up among the Chicago’s upper-crust, elite black social sphere – a world she dubs “Negroland.” Widely regarded as one of 2016’s Best Books of the Year (as noted by such publications as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Time Out New York and others), Negroland is a provocative work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.

Jefferson is a national treasure and her memoir should be required reading across the country. – Vanity Fair

Margo is a professor at Columbia University and has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek, and has published in New York Magazine, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Believer, Guernica, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and Grand Street. Not shy about tackling potentially controversial subject matter, Jefferson’s essays have weighed in on such topics as Ebonics, “race ennui” and black feminism. She also wrote and performed a theater piece, Sixty Minutes in Negroland, at The Cherry Lane Theater and The Culture Project.

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