The Avery Research Center and Wide Angle Lunches at the Charleston Library Society will host a Reading and Reception with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America on November 10, 2011 from 5pm – 7pm at the Avery Research Center’s McKinley Washington Auditorium. This reading and reception is free and open to the public, and please RSVP to Savannah Frierson via phone at 843-953-7609 if attending.
Rhodes-Pitts’ first book, “Harlem is Nowhere,” is a beautiful contemplation and sharp-eyed observation of the past and present of this mythical part of Manhattan. With a population composed of so many former Southerners, it was perhaps inevitable that Harlem would lead Rhodes-Pitts into some memorable encounters with South Carolinians, and these will form the backbone of her talk. A writer whose work has appeared in Transition, The New York Times, Harper’s, Vogue, and Essence among others, Texas-born Rhodes-Pitts has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.