“Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile Book Tour

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Why exactly her late father left her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana is as mysterious as it is generous. But for Charley Bordelon, it’s also an opportunity start over: to get away from the smog and sprawl of Los Angeles, and to grow a new life in the coffee-dark soil of the Gulf coast. Accompanied by her eleven-year-old daughter Micah, Charley arrives with high hopes and just in time for growing season.

Charley is as unfamiliar with Southern customs as she is with cane farming—which poses serious challenges both on and off the farm, especially when her farm manager leaves without warning. But, rolling up her sleeves and swallowing her pride, Charley finds the help of a colorful cast of characters—blood relatives and townspeople alike—who all become a family to her and Micah.

Natalie Baszile has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition.

Appearances

Friday, February 7th 4:30 p.m. California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Tuesday, February 11 7:30 p.m. The Booksmith, San Francisco

Thursday, February 13 6-7:30 p.m. Garden District Books, New Orleans

Friday, February 14 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Books Along the Teche, New Iberia, Louisiana

Thursday, February 20 7:00 p.m. A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland

Saturday, February 22 4:00 p.m. Book Passage, Corte Madera

Tuesday, February 25 7:30 p.m. Reading and “in conversation” with Lalita Tademy at Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA

Sunday, March 9 MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora), San Francisco, CA

March 13 Debut Author Panel, Public Library Association Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, March 15 2:00 – 4:00 p.m Book Frog, Palos Verdes, CA

Saturday, March 15 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker, “Art by the Ocean” The Promenade on the Peninsula Sponsored by the Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links Inc. Palos Verdes, CA

Sunday, March 16 1:00 p.m. Cerritos Public Library, Cerritos, CA

Monday, March 17 7:00 p.m. Eso Won Books, Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, March 19 7:00 p.m. reading with Beth Nyguen Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, CA

Sunday, April 6 TK Bloom Reading Series NYC

April 12-13 (exact date and time TBD) LA Times Festival of Books

Saturday June 21 2:00 p.m. West Las Vegas Public Library Las Vegas, NV

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