What an honor and pleasure it was to have my memoir featured in Adventure by the Book’s inaugural Breakfast Book Club gathering at the Broken Yolk in PB. Author and radio/tv personality Kathi Diamant facilitated a stimulating discussion about race, class, and growing up in the South during the 50s and 60s. Many thanks to Adventure by the Book founder, Susan McBeth for having me as the guest author.
You'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining and enlightening coming-of-age story than this one, set in 1960s North Carolina. Narrator Peggy Richardson adroitly conveys the early life of the author, who loses both of her parents by age 16. One of the notable features of the story is the remarkable evolution of Kaufmann's views on civil rights. Richardson movingly conveys Kaufmann's voice from childhood to the present, along with the voices of her close-knit family, school friends, and the blacks who make up her world. The story is at once personal (crushes, annoying relatives) and historic (the Kennedy assassination, Jim Crow laws). Richardson's delivery is appropriate for every situation. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
Looking forward to being guest speaker at the Del Mar Library on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30. I’ll be reading from White Gloves and Collards and talking about my childhood in eastern North Carolina during the transition between the Jim Crow era and the civil rights movement. If you’re in the area, hope you’ll attend!
Carroll Lassiter, an Edenton native and the artist whose painting is on the cover of White Gloves and Collards, was interviewed on a UNC-TV program about Chapel Hill area artists. (Her interview is at the beginning of the program.)