Bailey-King Author Series welcomes Brit Bennett April 8

The Bailey-King Author Series will hold “An Evening with Brit Bennett” Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar. 

The event will feature a conversation with Upper School English Faculty Clarque Brown and former English Faculty Jim King P ‘01, ‘04, ‘06. 

A New York Times bestselling author, Bennett will discuss her writing, both fiction and essays, on topics including race, gender, identity, and systemic injustice. She will also read from her historical novel, The Vanishing Half, a multigenerational story about twin sisters who grow up in an isolated Southern Black community, run away at age 16, and create separate lives with different families, communities, and racial identities. Their stories, and their daughters’ stories, split, intersect, and explore the American history of passing. For more information on this speaker, please visit

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Established in 2016 through the generous support of Todd Slawsby ‘88 and his wife Amelia, the Bailey-King Author Series honors longtime English faculty members Betty Bailey ‘63 and Jim King P ‘01, ‘04, ‘06 as it aims to inspire future writers. Upper School History Faculty and Benelli Writing Center Director Karen Jersild serves as director of the series. Past Bailey-King authors include: Derek Green (2017), Dominic Tierney (2018), Kirsten Greenidge (2019), and Mira T. Lee (2020). 

Author Brit Bennett at Thayer Academy

Author Brit Bennett is a Time100 Next 2021 honoree whose novels, The Mothers and The Vanishing Half, became New York Times bestsellers. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel

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