Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts and No One is Coming to Save Us book cover

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 PM
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*Named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, Bustle, The Millions, Babble, Redbook, Elle, Nylon and The Chicago Review of Books.*

Stephanie Powell Watts is the author of the novel No One Is Coming to Save Us, as well several short stories. Watts’ debut story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2012. The collection was also named one of the best summer reads in 2013 by O: The Oprah Magazine. Watts grew up in North Carolina, attended college at UNC-Charlotte, and got her PhD from the University of the Missouri. She is now a professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Watts describes her debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us, as The Great Gatsby recast in the contemporary South. Watts writes about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. The book has been widely praised, with critics complimenting it as a tale of humanity and one with profound, meaningful characters. The book was selected by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association as the first book in their Book Club Central program.

Related Links

Stephanie Powell Watts: The House that Dreams Built (BookPage)
A ‘Gatsby’ Reboot Traces a Black Family’s Fortune (New York Times)
Fitzgerald Didn’t Satisfy This Author, So She Wrote Her Own ‘Gatsby’-Inspired Novel (NPR)
Video: Author Discussion with Stephanie Powell Watts(Chautauqua Institution)
Podcast: Tayari Jones and Stephanie Powell Watts (Free Library of Philadelphia)

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