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Detroit Writing Room Book Club ft. Desiree Cooper

Enjoy an intimate conversation with Desiree Cooper, author of "Know the Mother."

About this Event:
Join The Detroit Writing Room Book Club for our April author talk featuring Desiree Cooper!

Desiree Cooper is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author of "Know the Mother," which explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in. The collection of short fiction was published by Wayne State University Press.

During the virtual book talk, guests will have an opportunity to greet the author, enjoy a book discussion and ask questions during a live Q&A!

7 - 7:15 p.m. - Meet-and-Greet
7:15 - 7:40 p.m. - Book Talk
7:40 - 8 p.m. - Q&A

Detroit Writing Room Book Club members receive free admission and book discounts. Sign up to become a member at detroitwritingroom.com/book-club.

Single admission is $15 for non-members.

Tickets are nonrefundable. The Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event. Registration closes at 6:30 p.m. EST on April 27. This event is recorded.

About the Author
Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, "Know the Mother," is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, River Teeth, and Best African American Fiction 2010, among other publications. Her essay, "We Have Lost Too Many Wigs," was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2019. In 2018, she wrote, produced and co-directed "The Choice," a short film about reproductive rights and recipient of a 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berlin Flash Film Festival, and Award of Merit from the Best Short Film Festival in Los Angeles. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for black poets, and has received residencies at Kimbilio and Ragdale.

About the Book
In "Know the Mother," author Desiree Cooper powerfully reveals how gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious woman reflects on her early reluctance to become a mother as she waits for her grown-up daughter to make it home. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. The intricately woven vignettes pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

Thank you to the Wayne State University Press for supporting this event!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
7:00pm EST
Detroit Writing Room
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Know the Mother

Stories by Desiree Cooper

Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.

Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341490
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341506