LaShonda Katrice Barnett / Jam on the Vine

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:30pm

LaShonda Katrice Barnett's novel JAM ON THE VINE chronicles the life of a trailblazing African American female journalist Ivoe Williams. Inspired by the real life of Ida B. Wells, the novel follows Williams from a poor, segregated quarter of Texas, to prestigious Willetson College in Austin, and finally to Kansas City, where she and her former teacher and lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper. JAM ON THE VINE is an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined an era and a moving and compelling story of one woman’s extraordinary life.


LaShonda Katrice Barnett was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1974 and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. She is the author of a story collection and editor of the volumes: I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and Off the Record: Conversations with African American & Brazilian Women Musicians (Rowman & Littlefield, Spring 2015). Recent short fiction appeared in Guernica Magazine, the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row, New Orleans Review and elsewhere.  A graduate of the University of Missouri, she received an M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College and the Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary. She has taught literature and history at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College and Brown University.

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ISBN: 9780802123343
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Grove Press - February 3rd, 2015