Thalia Book Club: The Street by Ann Petry
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Thalia Book Club
Sapphire (Push), Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem is Nowhere), and actress Sonia Manzano (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) discuss the gritty, emotional 1946 classic set in Harlem. Actress Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson; The Help) will read an excerpt.
"A gripping tale ... overflowing with imaginative writing."- The New York Times
"While Down These Mean Streets and Manchild in the Promise Land showed women's experience as ancillary at best, The Street put a black woman's experience, her struggles in the inner city, CENTER! That was important to me." - Sapphire
"I was encouraged to read The Street as a 17-year-old taking a special summer course on "Geography and Literature" at Cornell University. The professors had a hunch that Ann Petry's novel would resonate with my interests. They were right: I was captivated, terrified and enchanted -- all at once. I was already building the Harlem of my mind through encounters with poetry, photography and art. Reading the The Street added another layer to that personal map, which I later explored when I came to live here and eventually began to write Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America."