Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12
Celebrate Women’s History Month with our Reading into History Family Book Club! Coretta Scott King Award-winning authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon join us to discuss their fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood, Zora & Me. After discussion and Q&A with the authors, we’ll tour our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, on view in our Center for Women’s History.
About Zora & Me
In Bond and Simon’s celebrated novel, readers encounter a young Zora Neale Hurston in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. The fictionalized Zora we meet already knows how to tell a compelling story—and has earned a bit of a reputation for spinning tall tales to enhance her narratives. We come to know Zora through the perspective of her friend Carrie, who relies on Zora’s stories after her father disappears. But Carrie isn’t the only one drawn in by Zora’s words, and when the town is shocked by two murders, Eatonville looks to a beast of Zora’s creation, “the gator man,” as a potential culprit.
As Kirkus Reviews writes in its starred review of Zora & Me, “The brilliance of this novel is its rendering of African American child life during the Jim Crow era as a time of wonder and imagination, while also attending to its harsh realities. Absolutely outstanding.”