Elaine Richardson and Nathalie Taghaboni will read at Mac's on Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Nathalie Taghaboni was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Toronto, Canada. She currently resides in the United States with her husband and two children. She is a freelance photojournalist and the author of a collection of dialect short stories called Tales from Icebox Land. Her novels Across from Lapeyrouse and it's sequel Santimanitay take place at Carnival in Trinidad. Nathalie is a featured writer for SHARE NEWS (Toronto), SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia), Everybody's Magazine (New York) and Chicken Soup for the Soul (US) and freelances with several virtual and print publications.
From an interview with Nathalie in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper: ” Her novel, Across from Lapeyrouse, is a scandalous, brutally funny story of love, sex, drugs, crime, power, status, and plenty Mas. You know, the good stuff. The Carnival baby, who grew up ‘behind the bridge’ and spent her early years in the middle of the bacchanal, admits she’d happily die from “an over-dose of Carnival.” “One of my hopes is that this novel gets into the hearts and minds of non-Caribbean readers. I want them to not only read this book, but SEE the Mas. I want them to HEAR the pan and FEEL the rhythm of the country.”
Elaine Richardson is an author and educator. PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Lifeoffers a glimpse into the life of Dr. Elaine Richardson aka Dr. E and her journey as a young Black woman to healing and recovery from a life of trauma through the 1960s’-1980s ghettoes of Cleveland, Ohio, to inventing a life for herself in the halls of the university. In a raw narrative, Dr. E shares younger Elaine’s experiences of dreams deferred, rape, sex-trafficking/prostitution, drug addiction, unwanted single parenthood, and hopelessness. In a desperate attempt to escape certain death and change her life, supported by her mother and other mentors she meets along the way, she enters the university and eventually learns that she must value herself and her cultural heritage to become educated.
Author of three books, and co-author of three others on academic studies of American Black-language patterns, Dr. Richardson is a professor in Literacy Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She belongs to a network of Hiphop educators and activists and is the founder of The Ohio State University’s Hiphop Literacies Conference.