The Emerging Writers Reading Series at Labyrinth Bookstore showcases senior thesis students of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. This month, author Nicole Dennis-Benn and Princeton seniors Kyle Berlin, Aidan Gray, Allie Mendelsohn, Kevin Romero, and Allison Light will read from their work.
Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, in her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman — fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves — must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
Nicole Dennis-Benn is Visiting Faculty for the City College MFA Program and Faculty at the Creative Writing Program at NYU. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Ebony, Feminist Wire, among many others. Two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction.
This event is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts