Upcoming Blog Tour: White Nights, Black Paradise

We are excited to announce one of our upcoming tours! We hope you’re interested in the following book!

About the Book

Author: Sikivu Hutchinson
Publication Date: November 16th, 2015
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, LGBT+
Number of Pages: 325
Publisher: Self-published
Inclusion of Diversity: Features lesbian, gay, and trans African-American and Afro-Latino protagonists
In 1978, Peoples Temple, a Black multiracial church once at the forefront of progressive San Francisco politics, self-destructed in a Guyana jungle settlement named after its leader, the Reverend Jim Jones. Fatally bonded by fear of racist annihilation, the community’s greatest symbol of crisis was the White Night; a rehearsal of revolutionary mass suicide that eventually led to the deaths of over 900 church members of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. White Nights, Black Paradise focuses on three fictional black women characters who were part of the Peoples Temple movement but took radically different paths to Jonestown: Hy, a drifter and a spiritual seeker, her sister Taryn, an atheist with an inside line on the church’s money trail and Ida Lassiter, an activist whose watchdog journalism exposes the rot of corruption, sexual abuse, racism and violence in the church, fueling its exodus to Guyana. White Nights, Black Paradise is a riveting story of complicity and resistance; loyalty and betrayal; black struggle and black sacrifice. It locates Peoples Temple and Jonestown in the shadow of the civil rights movement, Black Power, Second Wave feminism and the Great Migration. Recapturing black women’s voices, White Nights, Black Paradise explores their elusive quest for social justice, home, and utopia. In so doing, the novel provides a complex window onto the epic flameout of a movement that was not only an indictment of religious faith but of American democracy.

 About the Author

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Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise. She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, a feminist humanist high school mentoring program based in South L.A. She has also written and directed a short film based on White Nights, Black Paradise, which is due in Fall 2016.
Connect with the author!
If you are interested in the participating in the following blog tour, please fill out the form below.
Note:
    • Not everyone who signs up may get a spot on the tour.
    • A review copy will be provided for the bloggers via e-book format.
    • Blog tour dates will be sent out at a later date.
    • Only sign-up if you are genuinely interested in reading the book.
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