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Charmaine Wilkerson on Black Cake with Taylor Jenkins Reid

February 2, 2022 via Zoom

In Charmaine Wilkerson’s exquisitely evocative debut novel, Black Cake, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past—a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. New York Times bestselling novelist Taylor Jenkins Reid joined Wilkerson to discuss her gripping, heartbreaking story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history.

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.

In Conversation

  • Wilkerson_Photo_Color-Credit Rochelle Cheever - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Charmaine Wilkerson

    Charmaine Wilkerson

    Charmaine Wilkerson is an American writer who has lived in Jamaica and is based in Italy. A graduate of Barnard College and Stanford University, she is a former journalist whose award-winning short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Black Cake is her first novel.

    Photo Credit: Rochelle Cheever

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    Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter.

    Photo Credit: Deborah Feingold