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Sankofa Video, Books, & Café

What Start Bad a Mornin': Launch Event

We're hosting Carol Mitchell for the release of her debut title What Start Bad a Mornin'!

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What Start Bad a Mornin': Launch Event
What Start Bad a Mornin': Launch Event

Time & Location

Sep 19, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


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About the book:

"What start bad a mornin', cyan end good a evenin'." — Jamaican proverb.    Amaya Lin has few memories of the years before she turned eighteen. Now in her forties, she has compensated by carefully cultivating a satisfying life as a wife, mother, and business professional. Her husband’s law practice is on the brink of major success; her neurodiverse son has grown into an independent adult; and she has come to terms with her aunt’s dementia. This sense of order is disrupted, however, when she encounters a stranger who claims to have an impossible connection, launching Amaya on a tumultuous journey into the past.   Using three interwoven narratives spanning the United States, Trinidad, and Jamaica, Carol Mitchell's debut gives voice to an immigrant woman forced to confront her repressed memories of violent trauma. Only then can she discover what she is capable of when it comes to self-preservation and the protection of her family.

About the author:

Originally from the Caribbean, Carol Mitchell now teaches literature and creative writing in Virginia, where she is a fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She regularly writes on Caribbean literature for Gecko Publishing and has published short stories in various Caribbean journals, four of which have been long-listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2018, Mitchell was the recipient of the MFA Fellowship from the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center. What Start Bad a Mornin' is her debut adult novel.


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