THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR: Jamila Minnicks for Moonrise Over New Jessup

Thursday, February 9 | 6 pm THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR: Jamila Minnicks for Moonrise Over New Jessup
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:00pm

Thursday, February 9th – Join us for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS

 Showtime: 6 pm

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Jamila Minnicks for her debut novel Moonrise Over New Jessup.

Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama.
It’s 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into the all-Black town of New Jessup, Alabama, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. Instead, they seek to maintain, and fortify, the community they cherish on their “side of the woods.” In this place, Alice falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge New Jessup’s longstanding status quo and could lead to the young couple’s expulsion—or worse—from the home they both hold dear. But as Raymond continues to push alternatives for enhancing New Jessup’s political power, Alice must find a way to balance her undying support for his underground work with her desire to protect New Jessup from the rising pressure of upheaval from inside, and outside, their side of town.

Jamila Minnicks’s debut novel is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America. Readers of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets will love Moonrise Over New Jessup.

About the Author

Jamila Minnicks is the author of Moonrise Over New Jessup, the 2021 winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her work is also published in CRAFT Literary Magazine, The Write Launch, and The Silent World in Her Vase. Her piece, Politics of Distraction, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Howard University School of Law, and Georgetown University. She lives in Washington, DC.

Air times:

Thursday, February 9th – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, February 17th – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, February 18th –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Event address: 
413 S. 14th Street
Oxford, MS 38655
Moonrise Over New Jessup By Jamila Minnicks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - January 10th, 2023