The late Valerie Boyd will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame today at UGA: the posthumous induction ceremony is set for 6 o’clock this evening at the University’s Richard Russell Library. Boyd died earlier this year at the age of 58.
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Following her induction, a panel of contributors to Boyd’s last work, Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, will hold a discussion followed by a Q&A. Panelists for the discussion include Rosalind Bentley, Karen Good Marable, Latria Graham, Tayari Jones, with Shay Youngblood moderating; a light reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Email LNessel@uga.edu to RSVP.
An Atlanta native, Boyd was a writer, teacher, editor, and acclaimed biographer of Zora Neale Hurston. Her 2003 book, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, was celebrated as “the definitive Hurston biography for many years to come.” The book won the Southern Book Award for best nonfiction of the year, and Boyd was named Georgia Author of the Year in nonfiction. Her final books, Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker and Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, will be posthumously published in 2022.
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