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Elizabeth Nunez on Now Lila Knows with Crystal Bobb-Semple

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT June 7, 2022

The Center for Fiction*
& Online via Zoom

In-person* tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

Elizabeth Nunez’s new novel, Now Lila Knows, is urgent, timely, and necessary. The novel follows newly hired professor Lila Bonnard, who witnesses a fatal shooting of a Black man by the police on her way from the Caribbean to her new teaching appointment at Mayfield college. When it is revealed that the man was also a professor at Mayfield, Lila is expected to be a witness in the case. Caught between the expectations of the other Black faculty at Mayfield and her own fear of losing her job due to the hostile political climate against immigrants, she is forced to face the question of what to do when one is confronted with the harsh consequences of injustice.

Co-presented by the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival, join American Book Award Winner and PEN-awardee Elizabeth Nunez in conversation with educator Crystal Bobb-Semple for a discussion which tackles these questions, all while shining a light on this critically important novel.  Nunez is a force to be reckoned with; an essential, generation-defining voice for the Caribbean diaspora, this conversation is one you don’t want to miss.


*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event in person. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of it)
  • A record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered your vaccine

Anyone 5 and older is required to show proof of two vaccine doses or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Anyone 18 and older must also present a government issued photo ID.

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.

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In Conversation

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    Elizabeth Nunez

    Elizabeth Nunez

    Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of a memoir and ten novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors’ Choices. Anna In-Between won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award and was long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. Nunez also received the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction for Not for Everyday Use; an American Book Award; and a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library. She is a cofounder of the National Black Writers Conference and executive producer of the CUNY-TV series Black Writers in America. Nunez is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, where she teaches fiction writing. She divides her time between Amityville and Brooklyn, New York.

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    Crystal Bobb-Semple

    Crystal Bobb-Semple

    Crystal Bobb-Semple is the Founder and CEO of Plato Learning, a literacy-based summer camp company with locations nationwide. Her programs use cultural mythologies to build reading interest and skills for more than 8,000 kids each year. From 2000-2010 she was the Owner and Operator of Brownstone Books, an independent bookstore in Bedford-Stuyvesant known for revitalizing and embracing the literacy scene in Brooklyn. Crystal has served on the board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and is Trustee at The Saint Ann’s School. A graduate of Hampton University, she also holds an M.P.A. from the University of Delaware and a Doctorate in Education and Organization Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.