Akashic celebrates two new of their Black History Month releases. Join us on Monday, February 18th for a conversation between Bernice L. McFadden, author of Nowhere Is a Place and, at his first New York appearance, Courttia Newland, author of Gospel According to Cane. Moderated by Tracey Smith of the Go On Girl! Book Club. Beer for this event will be lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.BERNICE L. McFADDEN is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. Her sophomore novel, The Warmest December, was praised by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison as "searing and expertly imagined." McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.COURTIA NEWLAND's first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997. Further critically acclaimed works include Society Within, Snakeskin, The Dying Wish, Music for the Off-Key, and A Book of Blues. He is coeditor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britainand has had short stories featured in many anthologies. He was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, and the Frank O'Connor Award. His latest anthology, coedited with Monique Roffey, is Tell Tales 4: The Global Village.