Writers at the Wrecking Bar Special Edition: Kiley Reid - Such a Fun Age

Writers at the Wrecking Bar Special Edition: Kiley Reid - Such a Fun Age

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 7:00 PM

Location:
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

For this special edition of Writers at the Wrecking Bar, A Cappella Books welcomes author Kiley Reid in honor of her instant New York Times bestseller, “Such a Fun Age.”

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, “Such a Fun Age,” is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Reid will be in conversation with Atlanta's own Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of “Dear Martin” and “Clean Getaway.”

While this event is free and open to the public, you can reserve your seat by pre-ordering a signed copy of the book. If you are unable to attend the event, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book for in-store pickup or delivery:

About the Book

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, “Such a Fun Age” explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times

About the Author

Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Reid lives in Philadelphia.

About Writers at the Wrecking Bar

A Cappella Books presents Writers at the Wrecking Bar, a series of live author interview events showcasing some of the country's freshest voices in literary and contemporary fiction, held at our neighborhood brewpub. Each program includes writers in conversation with an arbiter of Atlanta's book scene, giving the audience a chance to experience and participate in the Q&A, and get a signed copy of the book. Select events will feature performances by notable local musicians.

Held upstairs in the Marianna Room of the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Writers at the Wrecking Bar hosts a cash bar with signature cocktails inspired by the books, starting at 7 p.m. The author conversation and book signing follow at 7:30 p.m.