Jamaica Kincaid at the Cambridge Public Library


An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children

in conversation with KALYANI SAXENA


May 9, 2024
6:00 PM ET
(Doors at 5:30)


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


$0.00 (Free RSVP Required) $28.69 (book included)

Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome JAMAICA KINCAID—Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and award-winning author of A Small Place, Annie John, and Lucy—for a discussion of her new book An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children. She will be joined in conversation by KALYANI SAXENA—associate producer for WBUR's Here & Now.


RSVP for free to this event or choose the "Book-Included" ticket to reserve a copy of An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children and pick it up at the event. Books will be pre-signed by the author. There will not be a signing line after the presentation. 


About An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children

In this hard-hitting, witty, deeply original book, the renowned novelist Jamaica Kincaid offers an ABC of the plants that define our world and reveals the often brutal history of colonialism behind them.

Kara Walker, one of America's greatest visual artists, illustrates each entry with provocative, brilliant, enthralling, multilayered watercolors.

There has never been a book like An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children—inventive, surprising, and telling—about what our gardens reveal about the truth of history.

Praise for An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children

"[Kincaid] writes like an angel: with enviable lucidity...and a lyric touch that frequently aspires to the condition of poetry.” —The Boston Globe

"[Walker is] one of the fundamental contemporary investigators of the American psyche." —Siddhartha Mitter, The New York Times

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Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, Mr. Potter, and See Now Then. She teaches at Harvard University and lives in Vermont.

Photo Credit: Bob Anderson

Kalyani Saxena
Kalyani Saxena

Kalyani Saxena

Kalyani Saxena is a journalist and lifelong bookworm. By day, she’s an associate producer for NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now where she often covers new releases and trends within publishing. In her free time, she devours and reviews any good story she can get her hands on. 

As a journalist, Kalyani is interested in exploring not just what our society thinks about race and culture but also how we came to think that way in the first place. She began her audio career hosting and producing a podcast about politics, race and minority history.

When she’s not monologuing about her new favorite fantasy novel, you can find Kalyani on Twitter, bookstagram (@bookishyani) or in a comfy armchair crocheting a sweater.


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