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Ashley C. Ford
September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Magic City Books and PEN America are proud to present An Evening with Ashley C. Ford in celebration of her best selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter.
This ticketed event will be hosted at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Avenue. Each ticket includes one (1) hardcover copy of Somebody’s Daughter (retail price $27.99) and one (1) seat at the event on September 9.
As we return to in-person programs, we want to provide a safe atmosphere for our visiting authors and all guests. We will require that all attendees will be fully vaccinated and not symptomatic of any communicable illnesses. Be sure to bring your vaccination card to the event on September 9. Mask wearing will be required at all indoor events.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm and all books will be available to pick up at the event.
If you have a ticket and are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book at Magic City Books during normal business hours for six weeks. The last day for ticket holders to pick up Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford is Friday, October 22, 2021. We will make an effort to have signed books available for pick up but can not guarantee a signed copy.
About Somebody’s Daughter:
One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated father.
Through poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley C. Ford wishes she could turn to her father for hope and encouragement. There are just a few problems: he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know what he did to end up there. She doesn’t know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates. When the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley desperately searches for meaning in the chaos. Then, her grandmother reveals the truth about her father’s incarceration . . . and Ashley’s entire world is turned upside down.
Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.
Ashley C. Ford’s New York Times best selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter was published by Flatiron Books in June 2021. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, and co-host of the HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy.
Ford has writted no guest-edited for ELLE magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York magazine, The New York Times, Domino, Cup of Jo and various other web and print publications.
Praise for Somebody’s Daughter:
This is a memoir about love, live, and freedom. It’s not just good — it’s beautiful. — Brené Brown
“A memoir so clear, sharp, and smooth that the reader sees, in vivid focus, Ashley C. Ford’s complicated childhood, brilliant mind, and golden heart. The gravity and urgency of Somebody’s Daughter anchored me to my chair and slowed my heartbeat. Ashley C. Ford is a writer for the ages, and Somebody’s Daughter will be a book of the year.” — Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed
Somebody’s Daughter is the heart-wrenching yet equally witty and wondrous story of how Ford came through the fire and emerged triumphant, as her own unapologetic, Black-girl self. — The New York Times