Saturday, March 23
Talk to Her: Interviews with Women Musicians
With LaShonda Katrice Barnett
The Bookstore, Lenox, 6–7:30 p.m.

Talk to Her is a reading and discussion of the interviewing process that resulted in the path-breaking books I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft and Off the Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians. These volumes offer critical perspectives on the music‐making processes and careers of renowned twenty-first-century African American and Brazilian women artists, focusing on the musicians’ creative process, inspiration, and experiences within the music industry, as well as on the sound and significance of their musical expressions, including the historical and social contexts in which they were produced.

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett has conducted interviews with over fifty renowned actresses and musicians. In addition to I Got Thunder and Off the Record, she is the author of the story collection Callaloo. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she received an MA in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College and the PhD in American studies from the College of William and Mary. She has taught African American history and literature and women’s history and literature at the University of Richmond, Hampton University, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Hunter College. She divides her time between Manhattan and Providence, RI, where she is Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Brown University.