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Novelist Angela Flournoy to read in Cedar Rapids


Angela Flournoy

Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble — Sun., Apr. 3 at 4 p.m.

Angela Flournoy
Angela Flournoy reads in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City this week. — photo by LaToya T. Duncan

The African American Museum of Iowa is sponsoring a visit from novelist Angela Flournoy on Sunday, Apr. 3. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate will be reading from her debut novel, The Turner House, and engaging in a discussion of the book. Flournoy will be at the Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids at 4 p.m. The novel was released in paperback on Mar. 7.

The Turner House has garnered Flournoy considerable accolades. In 2015, it was short-listed for the National Book Award for fiction. Earlier this year, it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author. The novel follows the Turner family of Detroit, and the stories that unfold when the adult children head home to determine the fate of the house they grew up in.

In addition to her appearance in Cedar Rapids, Flournoy will be visiting the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Dey House at the University of Iowa for another reading and Q&A on Monday, Apr. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Conroy Reading Room. Both events are free and open to the public.