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Book Club Discussion: Tiffany Quay Tyson’s Award-Winning Novel, The Past is Never

A book club discussion of Tiffany Quay Tyson’s award-winning novel, The Past is Never, hosted by the Susan B. Anthony Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (SBAI). The Past Is Never is set in the Mississippi Delta and Florida Everglades. The novel follows two siblings who set out to find their missing young sister and unearth family secrets along the way. It is a coming-of-age story that is also an inquiry into the ways in which our stories precede us, bound up as they are in long legacies of race, gender, class, and community.

Tyson will be visiting the University of Rochester to receive this year’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman. This prize was created in honor and memory of Janet Heidinger Kafka, a University of Rochester graduate and young editor who was killed in a car accident just as her career was beginning. SBAI and the UR’s Department of English have awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman since 1976. Details about the prize and about Tyson's book can be found here. 

An award ceremony and reception in Tyson’s honor will be held on the River Campus on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm. This event is open to the public and includes a reading and book signing.

The book club for The Past is Never is exclusively for UR students, and will take place on Friday, November 1 in preparation for Tyson’s visit. We will meet at 3 pm at the SBAI Seminar Room (541 Lattimore Hall). If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P to Professor Anna Rosensweig at SBAI will provide you with a complimentary copy of the novel, which you can pick up from the SBAI office in Lattimore Hall beginning Tuesday, October 1. 

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Lattimore Hall, SBAI Seminar Room 541
Lattimore Hall, Rochester, NY 14627

Event Type

Lectures and Talks




literary arts, student life

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Contact Phone or Email

R.S.V.P: Professor Anna Rosensweig at

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