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Olivia Jones Comes Alive

A Book Release Celebration

Public Programs | Performance

From left to right, author photo of Phillip Brown, cover art for the story, and photo of Rain Wilson

Left to right: Phillip Brown, courtesy of the author; Olivia Jones book cover, courtesy of the publisher; Rain Wilson, courtesy of the artist.

This is a past program

This program took place on
Sunday, February 5, 2023

About the Program

Enjoy a staged reading of Olivia Jones! Author and advocate Phillip Brown’s new literary work tells the story of a girl raised in the Deep South who seeks to right the wrongs of her father and repair her nation’s past. Told through a series of flashbacks narrated by the determined Olivia, the story takes us on a harrowing journey as she prompts the uncovering of family secrets no one was ever supposed to find out.

For this special book release celebration, Brown’s work of historical fiction is brought to life under the direction of acclaimed spoken word artist Rain Wilson as she weaves the story together with actors, dancers, and live music.

A Q&A, book signing, and reception in Founders Courtyard will follow the performance.

Books available for purchase.

“[Olivia’s] story is gripping and timeless while providing generous moments of levity, reflection, and great storytelling.”—Christine Swanson, writer and director

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