Sapphire to Speak at Clark Atlanta
She will be here October 15 for two events.
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will host acclaimed poet and author Sapphire at two exclusive, free events Friday, Oct. 15.
The public is invited to attend “Lunchtime Literati: A Conversation with Sapphire” at noon in the University’s Davage Auditorium. At 6 p.m., Sapphire will share from her novel “Push” and participate in a panel discussion during “An Evening of Literary Excellence:
Sapphire @ CAU.”
The writer’s debut novel published in 1996, “Push” chronicles the life 16-year-old Clarice Jones, a young woman whose everyday life centers upon a horrendous cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse. Challenged and inspired by a teacher, she ultimately finds her own voice and esteems herself in overt and wonderfully subtle ways. According to Goodreads, the book is “an electrifying novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances and its brutal honesty….” In 2009, the literary work was adapted into the major motion picture “Precious,” which won the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, will play free of charge Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Davage Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-880-8337.