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History Book Festival to host online talk with author Kelli Jo Ford

Delaware News Desk
Author Kelli Jo Ford will join a live, online “spirited discussion” of her first book, “Crooked Hallelujah,” presented by the History Book Festival at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Author Kelli Jo Ford will join a live, online “spirited discussion” of her first book, “Crooked Hallelujah,” presented by the History Book Festival at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

The novel follows four generations of Cherokee women across four decades. It begins in 1974 in Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country, where 15-year-old Justine is growing up in a family of tough, complicated and loyal women, presided over by her mother, Lula, and Granny. Eventually Justine and her daughter Reney move to Texas in the hope of finding a more stable life, but they struggle to survive in a world where unreliable men and natural forces such as wildfires and tornadoes threaten their connections to one another and their very ideas of home.

Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her fiction has appeared in several publications, including the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and Missouri Review. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for her story “Hybrid Vigor,” published in the winter 2018 issue.

Ford’s “Crooked Hallelujah” follows four generations of Cherokee women across four decades. It begins in 1974 in Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country, where 15-year-old Justine is growing up in a family of tough, complicated and loyal women, presided over by her mother, Lula, and Granny. Eventually Justine and her daughter Reney move to Texas in the hope of finding a more stable life, but they struggle to survive in a world where unreliable men and natural forces such as wildfires and tornadoes threaten their connections to one another and their very ideas of home.

The event is free but registration is required; visit historybookfestival.org and click on “2020 Events” to register. The 2020 Virtual History Book Festival is presented in cooperation with the Lewes Public Library and sponsored by Delaware Humanities and the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group.

Copies of “Crooked Hallelujah” with signed archival bookplates are available from the festival’s official bookseller, Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, as well as at Biblion, 205 Second St., Lewes. The festival encourages readers to support local independent bookstores. Copies also may be borrowed from the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave.; call 645-2733 or email lewes.library@gmail.com to arrange curbside pickup.