|Mathea Morais will be discussing her brilliant new novel, There You Are(Pub Date: 10/22/19 Amberjack Publishing, Hardcover $24.99). The event starts at 7:00PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 and is free to the public.
ABOUT There You Are:Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s in St. Louis, Octavian Munroe and Mina Rose found a future in music. Between the stacks at Rahsaan’s Records, the two fell in love to the sounds of Prince and A Tribe Called Quest. But in the wake of grief and heartbreak, they drifted apart, ultimately leaving the city for fresh starts.
Decades later, Rahsaan’s Records is closing for good. Seeking closure of their own, Octavian and Mina travel homeward, reckoning with the ghosts of the past they left behind and the uncertain future they must create.
Insightful and nostalgic, There You Are is a novel of love, loss, and the power of community, powered by a phenomenal soundtrack of hip hop, soul, and jazz.
PRAISE FOR There You Are:
“What a warm and brilliant tapestry. I felt invited to a place I never wanted to leave.”- Hanif Abdurraqib, acclaimed poet, essayist, and cultural critic, author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
“[Morais] is a really gifted writer. It is a special joy for those of us who are fortunate enough to have read her coming-of-age, personal and intimate story.” – Harry Belafonte
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mathea Morais was raised in St. Louis, MO. She has a degree in Literature from NYU and worked in music journalism for many years. Her work has appeared in “The New Engagement,” “Slush Pile Magazine,” “Arts & Ideas,” and “Anti-Heroin Chic.” She is the Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard and has taught creative writing to children and young adults for over fifteen years. She lives with her husband, her three daughters and a beloved dog.
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