Magic City Gospel: Ashley Jones and Tony Grooms in Conversation

Event date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Join Charis and the Georgia Center for the Book in welcoming 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award-winner Ashley M. Jones in conversation with Bombingham author Tony Grooms at the Decatur Library. 

Magic City Gospel is a love song to Birmingham, the Magic City of the South. In traditional forms and free verse poems, Ashley M. Jones takes readers on an historical, geographical, cultural, and personal journey through her life and the life of her home state. From De Soto’s “discovery” of Alabama to George Wallace’s infamous stance in the schoolhouse door, to the murders of black men like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner in modern America, Jones weaves personal history with the troubled, triumphant, and complicated history of Birmingham, and of Alabama at large. In this assured debut, you’ll find why “gold is laced in Alabama’s teeth.” In the ghosts and the grits, this collection speaks to Jones' generation and beyond: “Let me wash you in Alabama heat / and tell you who you are.” Magic City Gospel is a book of personal, political, and cultural history, whose red dirt stained pages offer a fresh and unvarnished gaze on Birmingham, Alabama, and America.

This is a Georgia Center for the Book event. It is free and open to the public.

Event address: 
215 Sycamore St
Decatur Library
Decatur, GA 30030
Magic City Gospel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235269
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hub City Press - January 2017

Bombingham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345452931
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - October 1st, 2002

In his barracks, Walter Burke is trying to write a letter to the parents of a fallen soldier, an Alabama man who died in a muddy rice paddy. But all he can think of is his childhood friend Lamar, the friend with whom he first experienced the fury of violence, on the streets of Birmingham, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.