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Author/Editor: Ladee Hubbard on The Rib King with Patrik Henry Bass

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Wednesday, 7:30 pm EDT March 3, 2021

Online via Zoom

The relationship between author and editor is different for every book. As part of our Author/Editor series, we’ll get a glimpse into how that relationship works for Ladee Hubbard and Patrik Henry Bass, who worked together on Hubbard’s second novel The Rib King.

Released in January and published by Amistad Press, Hubbard’s newest novel examines race, class, and privilege through a story of exploitation and appropriation. Centered around the employees at the formerly wealthy Barclay family home, The Rib King tells the story of the desperate Barclay family patriarch who exploits his employees’ work and image to make an incredible profit.


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In Conversation

  • LadeeHubbard_Zack Smith - Zach Cihlar

    Ladee Hubbard

    Ladee Hubbard

    Ladee Hubbard is the author of The Talented Ribkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Times Literary Supplement, Copper Nickel, and Callaloo. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, the Sacatar Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Born in Massachusetts and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, she currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children.

  • Patrik Henry Bass - Carla Cain-Walther

    Patrik Henry Bass

    Patrik Henry Bass

    Patrik Henry Bass joined HarperCollins as a senior editor in June 2018. For nearly two decades he was a part of ESSENCE’s editorial team, first as books editor, and then for his last five years, as Editorial Projects Director. Bass was also a member of the magazine’s senior features team, where he worked with a range of writers from Maya Angelou, Bebe Moore Campbell, and Terry McMillan to Pulitzer Prize winners Isabel Wilkerson, Leonard Pitts, Jr., and Robin Givhan.

    Bass has written and edited for numerous publications including the New York Times, Paris Review, and the Washington Post. He is co-author of In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons (Running Press, 2001) and wrote Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 (Running Press, 2002), and The Zero Degree Zombie Zone (Scholastic), his first children’s book.