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Author Daniel Black to be at the Jackson County Library October 13
The Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library encourages
Arkansans to read and discuss Perfect Peace by author Daniel Black in book clubs
and libraries during the next year. To kick off the program, the author will visit Arkansas from October 6-14 for readings and book signings.
Daniel Black will be at the Jackson County Library, Monday, Oct. 13, at 1:00.
Daniel Black was born in Kansas City but reared in Blackwell, Ark. Black attended Clark College in Atlanta on a full academic scholarship where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in African-American Studies at Temple University. He also studied abroad at Oxford University where he earned a certificate in British Literature.
Perfect Peace is the story of the seventh child of the Peace family. When the child named Perfect turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over aft er a while.” From this point forward, Perfect’s life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they knew about gender and unconditional love.
The story is set in rural Arkansas in the 1940s.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [Grant #LS-00-14-0004-14].