Spotlight: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2016 welcomes

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Jam On The Vine
“In an authentic and richly layered novel, history comes to life…Barnett creates an ode to activism, writing with a scholar’s eye and a poet’s soul.”O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic), is a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book, a distinction awarded by the American Library Association.  Jam was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune; won ElIe Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Barnett’s other books include:  I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and the story collection Callaloo (1999). The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of plays (Homewood; Menemsha; and L’Echange) examine race in the context of one interracial American family. Twice-nominated for the 2015 Pushcart prize for her short fiction, Barnett holds the Ph.D. in American Studies and lives and writes full-time in Manhattan. @LaShondaKatrice

Listen to: LaShonda Katrice Barnett on NPR to hear a discussion with NPR’s Rachel Martin about JAM ON THE VINE.

For Festival of Women Writers 2016, LaSonda Katrice Barnett will present: The Truthful Lie: Reading & Writing Historical Fiction. The historical novel is produced in several forms: a historical personage as the main character; fictional characters working with historical personages; and fictional characters within a real historical event or merely within an historical period/society. A good historical novel demands the wise selection of the right fact for the right effect; it doesn’t surfeit readers with too much information or starve them with too little. This workshop group will consider the practical challenge at the core of writing historical fiction: the seamless integration of fictive imagination and historical fact.For complete information about LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s workshop and to register for Festival of Women Writers 2016, go to

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