Author talk with Jennifer Smith Turner

Jennifer Smith Turner with her new book, "Child Bride." — Lexi Pline

The Chilmark library hosts an author talk with Jennifer Smith Turner and her novel, “Child Bride,” on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4 pm. The book highlights the segregated South of the mid-1900s, where 14-year-old Nell bears witness to a world that embraces the oppression of women. A press release from the library describes the book: “She is fascinated with the prospect of being an independent person — but when she turns 16, she is married off and brought to the city of Boston as a bride.”

“Child Bride” was named best fiction e-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and BiblioBoard, and was a 2020 NYC Big Book Award recipient. The BCALA and Biblioboard award honors the best self-published ebooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S.

Jennifer Smith Turner is a New England–born writer. She is the author of two poetry books, “Lost and Found: Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroes” and “Perennial Secrets: Poetry & Prose.” Her work has been included in Vineyard Poets, an anthology of poems by Martha’s Vineyard writers, and in numerous literary publications.

Email to sign up and to get the Zoom invite. This event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library.