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The Black Girl Survives in This One: Horror Stories

Event date: 
Friday, April 5, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Please register HERE. This event takes place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Charis and Auburn Avenue Research Library welcomes editors Saraciea J. Fennell and Desiree S. Evans for a celebration of The Black Girl Survives in This One: Horror Stories, moderated by Karen Strong. A YA anthology of horror stories centering Black girls who battle monsters, both human and supernatural, and who survive to the end.

Celebrating a new generation of bestselling and acclaimed Black writers, The Black Girl Survives in This One makes space for Black girls in horror. Fifteen chilling and thought-provoking stories place Black girls front and center as heroes and survivors who slay monsters, battle spirits, and face down death. Prepare to be terrified and left breathless by the pieces in this anthology.

The bestselling and acclaimed authors include Erin E. Adams, Monica Brashears, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Desiree S. Evans, Saraciea J. Fennell, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Daka Hermon, Justina Ireland, L.L. McKinney, Brittney Morris, Maika & Maritza Moulite, Eden Royce, and Vincent Tirado. The foreword is by Tananarive Due.

About the Editors

Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran American writer, founder of The Bronx is Reading, and creator of Honduran Garifuna Writers. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. She is the editor of the nonfiction anthology, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, and her work has appeared in Popsugar, Refinery29, and Culturess, among others. Sign up for her newsletter, Black Girl Dreaming, on Substack for more of her writing. She lives in the Bronx with her family and black poodle, Oreo.

Desiree S. Evans writes fiction for children, teens, and adults. She is co-editor of the anthology, The Black Girl Survives in This One, and a contributor to the anthologies Cool. Awkward. Black. and Foreshadow. Desiree is a 2020 winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant for children’s fiction awarded by the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books. She received her MFA in fiction from the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently the Southern Studies Fellowship in Arts and Letters Writer-in-Residence in Spartanburg, SC.

About the Moderator 

Karen Strong is the critically acclaimed author of middle grade novels Just South of Home, which was chosen for several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books; Eden’s Everdark, a Junior Library Guild and BCCB Blue Ribbon selection; and The Secret Dead Club, publishing August 20, 2024 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Karen is the editor of the young adult anthology Cool. Awkward. Black. and a Star Wars contributor featured in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back and Stories of Jedi and Sith. Her speculative short fiction appears in the award-winning anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn and the forthcoming horror anthology, The White Guy Dies First, publishing in 2024 from Tor Teen. Born and raised in rural Georgia, Karen is an avid lover of strong coffee, yellow flowers, and night skies. You can visit her online at karen-strong.com.

Event address: 
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
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A YA anthology of horror stories centering Black girls who battle monsters, both human and supernatural, and who survive to the end.