June 10, 2018
$10.00 at the door
Norman and Mirella Smith
Ladee Hubbard, the 2018 Keep St. Pete Lit LitSpace St. Pete Writing Resident, has received widespread accolades and glowing praise for her debut novel The Talented Ribkins – including from Toni Morrison, a living titan of American letters. Ribkins is a deeply felt yet compulsively readable allegory of the African-American experience, with influences from Dashiell Hammett to The X-Men – and mostly set in Tampa Bay. Hubbard, who is in residency in St. Pete June 6-20 working on her second novel, will be reading from The Talented Ribkins, and discussing both the inspiration behind the book and the challenges she faced in creating it.
Ladee Hubbard was born in Massachusetts, raised in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands and currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children. She received a B.A. from Princeton University, a Ph.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published short fiction in the Beloit Fiction Journal and Crab Orchard Review among other publications and has received fellowships from the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.