92NY Presents a Rare Reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’s Novel Maud Martha

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 PM ET, $25

With Actress Roslyn Ruff; Introduction by Margo Jefferson; Conversation with Vinson Cunningham

What she liked was candy buttons, and books, and painted music (deep blue, or delicate silver), and the west sky…

92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center will present a Feb. 23, 7:30 pm reading of  Gwendolyn Brooks’s first and only novel, Maud Martha—an “exquisite portraiture of black womanhood by one of America’s most foundational writers” (Claudia Rankine). 

The reading, which marks the 70th anniversary of Maud Martha’s publication in 1953, will be delivered by acclaimed actress Roslyn Ruff, “a fantastically talented performer whose great gift is her ability to dissect long speeches, searching them for pleasing rhythms and hidden melodies,” wrote The New Yorker.

Author and cultural critic Margo Jefferson will introduce the reading; following the reading, Ruff will discuss the piece, her relationship to Brooks’s work, and her acting career with The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham. 

Tickets are available via 92NY’s website

“Maud Martha cherishes her own mind. To her, Brooks gives the sensibility and consciousness of an artist,” wrote Jefferson. “What does Maud Martha want? She wants to give shape to the varied materials of life around and inside her. The daydreams and duties, the nagging habits and treasured rituals, the ‘knots of grief’ and surges of pleasure. Her quest is to become the best possible version of herself.”

*This event will take place at NYPL’s Bruno Walter Auditorium (111 Amsterdam Ave.)

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