Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers welcomes back
“Alexis DeVeaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. Her characters are both mythic and guttural and, like her narrative, glide across social, physical and temporal boundaries, drawing the reader into an emotional vortex.” Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories
We reprise a conversation between Alexis DeVeaux and Festival co-organizer, Breena Clarke, who met on a beautiful afternoon in early May 2014 in the outdoor courtyard at The Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture/NY Public Library. The two writers, friends and colleagues of long standing, spoke about the legacy of The Schomburg Library and very particularly about the work of Alexis DeVeaux. In the richly inspirational setting, with the sounds of busy Harlem in the background, De Veaux talked about her novella, Yabo.
Yabo is a densely peopled novella that is unpredictable and surprising. It is full of literary serendipity; is filled with fresh turns that direct the reader’s eye to new views – new perspectives.