An Evening with Zakiya Dalila Harris
Author of this Summer’s New York Times Bestseller The Other Black Girl
Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Lyman Center, Southern Connecticut State University
Urgent, propulsive and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. Zakiya Dalila Harris will read from and discuss her best-selling novel, named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time and The Washington Post, a People Best Book of the Summer, and a Good Morning America, Esquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick.
Harris is no stranger to the publishing industry, having spent close to three years as an editorial assistant at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. Described as Devil Wears Prada meets Get Out, The Other Black Girl is a whip-smart commentary perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace. Harris’ writing initiates eye-opening and candid discussions that highlight the microaggressions, racism, and hierarchies that often develop in the workplace, especially in overwhelmingly white industries. Her keynotes and talks invite readers to think about their position in the workplace with a deeper examination on class, privilege, race, and gender.
Prior to working in publishing, Harris received her MFA in creative writing from The New School and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of Hamden High School in Hamden, Conn. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Guernica and The Rumpus.