The CHAPTERS Reading Series showcases today’s new voices, including Girls Write Now mentees Nazerke Akilova, Sade Andre, Maryclare Chinedo, Gia Deeton, Abby Fisher, Maria Rita Furtado, Nylah Harris, Rubit Hernandez, Waeza Jagirdar, Sarane James, Ciara Mckay, Amina Morgan, Leslie Pantaleon, Sabrina Persaud, Isis Pitt, Janiah Taylor, Lily Walker, and Shanai Williams.
Naima Coster is an author and teacher whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, and Guernica, among others. Naima studied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, and has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Her novel, Halsey Street—a story of family, loss, and renewal in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn—was published by Little A Books last year. Naima currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a senior fiction editor at Kweli. She is a Girls Write Now mentor alumna.
Halsey Street (Little A) shifts between the perspectives of two captivating, troubled women—Penelope Grand and her mother Mirella. After scrapping her failed career as an artist and moving back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father, Penelope has accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. As old wounds are reopened, and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she’d lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it’s time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of young adult novel Belzhar. Meg currently lives in New York City.
The Female Persuasion (Penguin Books) is an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.
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Coster Photo credit: Jonathan Jiménez
Wolitzer photo credit: Nina Subin