University of Richmond

Fiction writer-memoirist to speak at the University of Richmond on "How the Color Line Divided a Family and a Country"

November 4, 2008

Bliss Broyard, author of the memoir "One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--a Story of Race and Family Secrets" will speak at the University of Richmond on Nov. 17.

Her talk, titled "How the Color Line Divided a Family and a Country," will focus on her recent memoir. It will take place at 4 p.m. in Weinstein Hall's Brown-Alley Room. The event is free and open to the public.

A daughter of The New York Times literary critic Anatole Broyard, Bliss Broyard learned in her early twenties of her father's concealed African ancestry. In "One Drop," Broyard explores the entire situation, from her father's motive to pass as white, to her own struggle to come to terms with her newfound identity and family history.

Broyard also is the author of The New York Times notable book of the year, "My Father Dancing." Her fiction has appeared in "Best American Short Stories 1998" and "The Pushcart Anthology."

Her appearance is sponsored by the English Department's Writers Series and Richmond Quest. Following her talk, Broyard will answer questions and sign books.

For more information call (804) 289-8287.