Authors read from books on black, LGBT lives.

LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of "Jam on the Vine"

Black lives matter, and so do those of LGBT people. That is the collective message of three authors who will read from and discuss their very different new works at Mount Holyoke College during February.

Mount Holyoke and the Odyssey Bookshop cosponsor all the events.

• Thursday, February 12

LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s Jam on the Vine—a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman's struggle for equality—is being compared to such classics as Jazz by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Jam is both an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined the Jim Crow segregationist era and a moving story of a complicated time in American history we only thought we knew 

Barnett will read at 7 pm at the Odyssey Bookshop. Learn more.

• Tuesday, February 17

Suzanna Danuta Walters’s The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality argues that true equality is still far off for LGBT people, despite recent gains. Walters believes that we are not "almost there," but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. Walters is director of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and professor of sociology at Northeastern University.

The event will take place at 4:30 pm in Dwight Hall 101. Learn more.

• Wednesday, February 18

In her new book, Michelle Ann Stephens reveals how racial and sexual difference is both marked by and experienced in the skin. Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis, and the Black Male Performer explores the work of four iconic twentieth-century black male performers—Bert Williams, Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley. She situates each figure within his cultural moment, examining his performance in the context of contemporary race relations and visual regimes. Stephens, who once taught at Mount Holyoke, now is on the faculty at Rutgers.

The reading will take place at 7 pm in Dwight Hall 101. Learn more.