American Library in Paris Explores Blacks in Paris with Audrey Edwards and Ellen Wright-Hervé

The American Library in Paris Presents Zoom Black History Month Discussion on American Runaway with Author Audrey Edwards and Richard Wright's Granddaughter Ellen Wright-Hervé on February 15
By: Fern Gillespie
Audrey Edwards author of American Runaway
Audrey Edwards author of American Runaway
NEW YORK - Feb. 10, 2022 - PRLog -- The American Library in Paris celebrates Black History Month with a Zoom discussion on February 15 at 1:30PM EST between journalist Audrey Edwards, author of the Black expat memoir American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years and Ellen Wright-Hervé, granddaughter of legendary author and Black expat Richard Wright.

As the 2016 election campaign wore on, many Americans promised to leave America if Donald Trump was elected. And when Trump won in November, celebrated journalist Audrey Edwards did just that. Inspired by a history of Black Americans leaving the United States for France in search of social and political liberation, Edwards left the country to both protest Trump and to protect her well-being as a Black woman. Her new book, American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years, chronicles the life she made for herself abroad.

The American Library in Paris, describes it "a witty, captivating, and moving work. American Runaway captures Edwards's sharp voice and dry humor. Filled with fabulous soirées, kooky characters, complicated friendships, and the occasionally messy cultural exchange, the work is simultaneously accessible and vulnerable. It broaches the varied challenges known by all expats of leaving one's home behind, as well as the particular experience of a Black woman "of a certain age" in the City of Lights. Ultimately, Edwards offers a triumphant story of self-liberation."

Audrey Edwards is a journalist and author whose work grapples with issues of race and gender. A former Executive Editor of Essence and Vice President of Editorial Operations at Black Enterprise, Edwards has worked with figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Maxime Waters to make the work and experiences of Black women accessible to mass-media audiences. She is the author of Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success and The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, among other works.

Ellen Wright-Hervé is the French granddaughter of Black writer Richard Wright, who lived and worked in Paris as an expatriate for much of his life. Born in Accra, Ghana to parents who worked with Kwame Nkrumah for Ghana's independence, Wright-Hervé has since lived in Lagos, London, Rennes, Tours and presently Paris. In addition to work dedicated to training in hospitals, she works actively in the city to preserve her grandfather's legacy as a writer and cultural figure. She is currently conducting research on his life and work.

The conversation is organized and co-sponsored by Little Africa Paris.


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