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A Coming-Of-Age Novel For Black Girlhood

Kai Harris
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Kai Harris

Kai Harris is a writer and educator whose debut novel is titled “What the Fireflies Knew.”

As “The New York Times Book Review” describes it: “Harris rewrites the coming-of-age story with Black girlhood at the center.”

Kai is from Detroit - and now lives in California, where she is a professor of creative writing in the English Department at Santa Clara University.

On Saturday at 3 PM, Kai will visit the Arts Building here in Chattanooga to talk about her novel at SoLit, in partnership with The Book & Cover bookstore.

I spoke with Kai - and Lynda Levan, executive director of SoLit.

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