Towne Talks: Jessica Powers
Join Towne Center Books for a discussion with author and Catalyst Press founder Jessica Powers
Thursday, Feb 28th
Catalyst Press is celebrating its one-year anniversary and the release of a new book by its founder, so we're using the occasion to spread our love for Africa! Catalyst Press, founded by author Jessica Powers, publishes books about Africa and by African writers. The celebration will feature a special performance of African dance by the Cheza Nami Foundation, and a book-signing, reading, and talk by Powers on the South African issues she explores in her new book, Under Water, and their parallels to issues currently faced by the U.S.
Coming out this month, Under Water, published by Cinco Puntos Press, is a sequel to the award-winning This Thing Called the Future. Both novels follow a young Zulu woman, Khosi, who practices as a traditional healer in a township of South Africa. In Under Water, 17-year-old Khosi is left to care for herself and her little sister after the death of their grandmother. Her struggle becomes worse as she ends up in the center of xenophobia towards immigrants and turf wars taking over her town. Powers' previous books have been named a Skipping Stone Honor Book, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and a TIL Best YA Book winner, among many other recognitions.
Powers founded Catalyst Press with the mission to explore the world from different perspectives, and publish literature that pursues justice and peace. Catalyst’s current books range from a graphic novel about African king Shaka to a collection of short stories that span the years before and during Somalia’s civil war.
Catalyst Press' mission to spread African culture aligns perfectly with the Cheza Nami Foundation, so we're excited to have them join our celebration. Cheza Nami is a non-profit organization with a mission to teach African culture through dance, drumming and play.