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      June 22, 2019

      Saturday   2:00 PM

      1632 Walnut Street
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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      Regina Porter in Conversation with Jade Jones Discussing Book: The Travelers

      The Travelers The adventures of two families unfold and intertwine—across continents and generations, spanning the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president—in The Travelers, an absorbing tale of family, history, and the persistence of love. Porter’s unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true. With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today. About the Author: Regina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House Scholar. Her fiction has been published in The Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Porter has worked with Playwrights Horizons, the Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage and Film, the Women's Project, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services and Heinemann's Scenes for Women by Women. She has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism from the University of Alabama Press. Porter was born in Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn. Jade Jones was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. A former Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, she is a graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is the winner of a 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for her story, “Today, You’re a Black Revolutionary”, published on The Rumpus. She is currently the Dean’s Fellow in Writing Arts at Rowan University, where she teaches first year writing and creative writing.   This event is presented in partnership with Blue Stoop, a hub for literary Philly, Blue Stoop's mission is to support and nurture writers and readers from all walks of life who live in greater Philadelphia. We believe storytelling and writing make us smarter, more empathetic, and more connected. Our programs are inclusive and prioritize lifting the voices of writers of color, queer and trans writers, and working class writers. We seek to foster deeper relationships between preexisting community resources in greater Philadelphia, a city whose rich literary history far predates Blue Stoop, and that Blue Stoop seeks to uphold in our work. About This Event Store seating is first-come, first-served. To join the signing line, we ask that you purchase a copy of the book from Shakespeare & Co. (available at the event). Please note there is no elevator access to our mezzanine/event floor.  

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