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july, 2016

22julfriJuyanne James – The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :Reading

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The Persimmon Trail

The Persimmon Trail
by Juyanne James
Chin Music Press (2015)

Juyanne James is the author of The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories (Chin Music Press, 2015), her debut collection of 17 stories in which she interprets the African American experience in Louisiana. One of 11 siblings, James grew up on a farm in southeast Louisiana, then left at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. After traveling and holding a number of odd jobs (such as over-the-road truck driver) and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she returned to Louisiana to attend college. She received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Orleans and later an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville, KY.

James has been a teacher for 10 years and is an Assistant Professor of English at OurLady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as The Louisville Review, Mythium, Bayou Magazine, and Eleven, Eleven, and included in the anthologies New Stories from the South 2009 (Algonquin) and Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories (Portals Press, 2011). She was also commissioned to write a story for Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Project. James has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. Her essay Table Scraps was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014.

On The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories:
The Seventeen stories in this debut collection by Juyanne james interpret the Louisiana experience. They stage encounters mostly with strong women but also interesting men and families all trying to survive in their own way. While this collection is as an evolution of the idea of double-consciousness and how African Americans see themselves in the world, the characters are remarkable in their own right, without having to be labelled. They are not so much concerned with color as they are with survival.

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