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Quincy Flowers Reads New Novel at The Church

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Author Quincy Flowers speaks at The Church on June 16. STEFFANI JEMISON

Author Quincy Flowers speaks at The Church on June 16. STEFFANI JEMISON

authorStaff Writer on May 16, 2024

The Church in Sag Harbor will present a reading with Brooklyn-based writer Quincy Flowers on Sunday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. Flowers will discuss his historical inspirations for his work and give the audience at The Church the rare opportunity to hear excerpts of his new novel “Canebrake” before its completion. After the reading, the floor will open up for a Q&A.

Moved by the legends of African flight and ancestral knowledge, Flowers offers a story of historical significance. His research and awareness of the need for spaces for leisure, recreation, and connection with the African American community — such as Sag Harbor, Oak Bluff on Martha’s Vineyard, and Idlewild, Michigan — are woven into the lines of “Canebrake.”

Raised in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, Flowers tells stories about secret societies, farmers, ancestral knowledge, Black rural life and the global, cosmopolitan present. Often writing in relation to the work of visual artists, recent publications include catalog contributions for Saya Woolfalk “Field Notes from the Empathic Universe” and Kehinde Wiley “A New Republic.” He is currently at work on “Canebrake,” and a memoir, “Pig’s Blood.” Flowers is a writing teacher and coach who co-founded “Louis Place,” a community for writers.

Tickets are $10 (free for members) aa thechurchsagharbor.org. The Church is at 48 Madison Street, Sag Harbor.

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