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Destiny Birdsong

Nobody's Magic

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, essayist, and fiction writer whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in the Paris Review Daily, Poets & Writers, Catapult, The Best American Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Voelcker Award. Her debut novel is Nobody’s Magic. 

In the glittering triptych novel, Nobody’s Magic, Suzette, Maple, and Agnes, three Black women with albinism, call Shreveport, Louisiana, home. At the bustling crossroads of the American South and Southwest, these three women find themselves at a crossroads in their own lives. This novel is a searing meditation on grief, female strength, and self‑discovery set against a backdrop of complicated social and racial histories. 

October 22, 1 - 2pm, Saturday

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Destiny Birdsong + Jewel Thomas

In the glittering triptych novel, Nobody’s Magic, Suzette, Maple, and Agnes, three Black women with albinism, call Shreveport, Louisiana, home. At the bustling crossroads of the American South and Southwest, these three women find themselves at a crossroads in their own lives. This novel is a searing meditation on grief, female strength, and self discovery set against a backdrop of complicated social and racial histories.

Abandoned in the Lions’ Den is a novel that journeys through the most influential events of the twentieth-century African American experience—the Great Migration, the Depression, World War II, and the cultural revolution of the 1960s. For the Davis family, living in the largely integrated community of Herminie, Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh, a strong religious faith is their defense against poverty, racism, and the changing morals of the developing century.

Main Library, Darragh Center, 1-2 p.m.