'Push' author Sapphire visits Chicago

August 8, 2011 9:51:07 AM PDT
Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the best-selling novel, ''Push.''

In the film adaptation of "Push," "Precious" (2009) received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. In 2009, Sapphire was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship.

Sapphire has a new novel, "The Kid," which continues the "Push" storyline through the life of Abdul Jones, son of heroine Precious. Sapphire is the special guest of the monthly author's series at Chase Auditorium, Monday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. A question and answer session will follow.

Author Talks with Sapphire
at Chase Auditorium
10 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago
Monday, August 8 at 6:30p.m.
Tickets are $25
(312) 222-3348

Synopsis of "The Kid:"
In "The Kid" (The Penguin Press; July 5, 2011), we meet Abdul at age 9, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate are often indistinguishable, forced to confront unspeakable violence and his own dark history, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

"The Kid" delivers a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, as it tells of a twenty-first century young man's fight to find the path to his future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit, the nourishing power of love and of art, "The Kid" becomes a young man about to take flight. Intimate, terrifying, deeply alive in Abdul's journey we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.

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