The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series welcomes 2014 Townsend Prize finalist Susan Rebecca White to Georgia Perimeter College on Thursday, March 19, 2015, for a reading and discussion about the writing of her celebrated novel, A Place at the Table.
Beginning in a rural enclave of freed slaves living in 1920s North Carolina, A Place at the Table moves swiftly through the white, middle-class Atlanta suburbs of the 1970s to the AIDS-ravaged streets of 1980s New York City to tell the story of three seemingly dissimilar characters brought together by the love and lore of Southern cuisine.
Described by critics as White’s most accomplished novel to date, the narrative of A Place at the Table centers around the life of Georgia native, Bobby Banks, a white gay nascent chef living in exile from his conservative Christian family, and the friendships he forges with Alice Stone, a famous, revered African American culinarian, and Amelia Brighton, a moneyed Connecticut housewife whose discovery of a well-kept family secret bonds the triumvirate in ways they could never have imagined.
Inspired by the friendship of real-life chefs Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis—the renowned Grand Dame of Southern cooking—the novel pairs the distinct ambrosial flavors born of the rich complexity of Southern foodways with the unsavory scars of racial, sexual, and religious prejudices to serve up a thought-provoking and entertaining work of fiction.
To hear more about Susan Rebecca White’s writing, please join The Chattahoochee Review on Thursday, March 19 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the JCLRC Auditorium (CL-1100) on the Clarkston campus. All are welcome to attend, and faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. The author will be available to sign copies of A Place at the Table at 4:30 p.m. after participating in a panel discussion on spirituality in writing held right after her reading as part of the 2015 Georgia Women’s Conference. More information about Susan Rebecca White can be found on her Website.
AUTHOR QUOTE: “The majority of readers of fiction are women, so surely I have more female readers than male, but I am not writing for one specific gender. I’m trying to understand the world through writing, trying to understand the complex relationships and socio-economic situations. I’m trying to understand family, and American history, and our country’s history of oppression, and connection. I am seeking to better understand God through my writing—or God’s absence. I am seeking to better understand how we become broken and [how] we can heal. And I am wanting to tell a damn entertaining story that keeps the reader turning the page. I think these objectives serve a male as well as a female audience.”
The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series serves to connect the strong, vibrant, and diverse literary community The Chattahoochee Review has built over the course of its 35-year publishing history to the college’s EDGE Quality Enhancement Plan such that students will have a greater opportunity to engage with real-world writers who can better shape their writing and understanding of literature in all of its forms.