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A Death in Harlem: Karla FC Holloway Book Launch

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Karla FC Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English and Law, Emerita

The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Karla FC Holloway for a reading and signing of her new mystery, "A Death in Harlem."

In "A Death in Harlem," Holloway weaves a mystery in the bon vivant world of the Harlem Renaissance. Taking as her point of departure the tantalizingly ambiguous "death by misadventure" at the climax of Nella Larsen's "Passing," Holloway accompanies readers to the sunlit boulevards and shaded side streets of Jazz Age New York.

"A Death in Harlem" will test the mettle, resourcefulness, and intuition of Harlem's first "colored" policeman, Weldon Haynie Thomas, whose investigation illuminates the societies and secret societies, the intricate code of manners, the world of letters, and the broad social currents of 1920s Harlem.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African & African-American Studies and the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity.

KARLA FC HOLLOWAY is the James. B. Duke Professor Emerita of English and Law at Duke University, where her research and teaching have included African American literary and cultural studies, bioethics, gender, and law.

Holloway is the author of eight books, including "Passed On: African American Mourning Stories"; "Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics"; and "Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature."

"A Death in Harlem" (Triquarterly Press) is the first novel in Holloway's #HarlemBooks series.