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Words & Pictures with Rita Williams-Garcia, Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family’s objections, to sit for a portrait. While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations—from the big house to the fields—of routine horrors, buried secrets, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved, come to light to reveal a true portrait of the Guilberts. This astonishing novel about the interwoven lives of those bound to a plantation in antebellum America has been named an epic masterwork—empathetic, brutal, and entirely human—and essential reading for teens and adults grappling with the long history of American racism.

Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel One Crazy Summer, which was also a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. She is the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here; Every Time a Rainbow Dies, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book; Fast Talk on a Slow Track, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The virtual lecture will be held via livestream on May 26th at 6:00 p.m. ET. Virtual passes for this event are free. Reserve yours at At this time, only the livestream is available for registration. Ticket holders will have the option to switch to in-person seating when it is made available or continue to attend virtually by viewing the livestream.


May 26
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Grades 9-12