Author talk with Jessica B. Harris

Saturday, September 23rd from 4:00 – 5:00 pm join us for an author talk with Jessica B. Harris. Jessica will read from her new memoir My Soul Looks Back. Refreshments will be served. Free and Open to the public.

In My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir, author and preeminent food historian Jessica B. Harris brings readers into 70’s-era New York, a city in transition – from legal segregation to white flight, from a city of Irish pubs to a home for international cuisine – and rollicking hub for artists in which Harris entered adulthood as a young college professor living in Greenwich Village. She recounts falling in love, finding inspiration, facing lose, and coming into her own during an unforgettable era of literature, music, and food as fostered by unforgettable cultural lions like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, and many others.

Jessica B. Harris is one of a handful of African Americans who have achieved prominence in the culinary world. She holds a PhD from NYU, teaches English at Queens College, and lectures internationally. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Food & Wine, Essence, and The New York Times, among other publications. Considered one of the most preeminent scholars of the food of the African Diaspora, she has been inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America and recently helped the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize its cafeteria.