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Book Club: The Wedding

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Delta Arts Center

2611 New Walkertown Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Marrying our read to our exhibit, Delta Arts Center invites you to read The Wedding: a novel and join the discussion on September 20, 6 pm. Refreshments will be served.

In this second novel by Dorothy West, iconic member of the Harlem Renaissance, we are transported to… bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie. Within this inner circle of "blue-vein society," we witness the prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from "a whole area of eligible men of the right colors and the right professions." Instead, she has fallen in love with and is about to be married to Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York. A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community.” Goodreads.com

The Wedding was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995. Oprah Winfrey produced the made for television movie in 1998.

On view in the Simona Atkins Allen Gallery at Delta Arts Center: Highlights from the Collection of Bennett College. Included are works by some artists who were contemporaries of Dorothy West. The exhibit offers fascinating and enlightening interpretations of the themes of 20th & 21st Century African American life and culture.

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