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Sat, 13 Apr



Shelf Interest: "Ours" book chat - Members Only

A space to discuss and dissect "Ours" by Phillip B. Williams.

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Shelf Interest: "Ours" book chat - Members Only
Shelf Interest: "Ours" book chat - Members Only

Time & Location

13 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 11:30


About the event

Join us to for our virtual discussion of "Ours" by Phillip B. Williams. 

About the book:

In this ingenious, sweeping novel, an enigmatic woman named Saint, a fearsome conjuror who, in the 1830s, annihilates plantations all over Arkansas to rescue the people enslaved there. She brings those she has freed to a haven of her own creation: a town just north of St. Louis, magically concealed from outsiders, named Ours. It is in this miraculous place that Saint's grand experiment--a truly secluded community where her people may flourish--takes root. But although Saint does her best to protect the inhabitants of Ours, over time, her conjuring and memories begin to betray her, leaving the town vulnerable to intrusions by newcomers with powers of their own. With themes of Black surrealism, mythology, and spirituality, Ours is a stunning exploration of the possibilities and limitations of love and freedom.

About the author:

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the debut novel Ours, and the collections Mutiny, winner of the 2022 American Book Award, and Thief in the Interior, which was the winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award. He is also the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. Williams’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and others. He is the recipient of a 2020 creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He serves as a faculty member at Randolph College’s low-res MFA.

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