Author and professor Jamaica Kincaid shares works with Toledo audience

April 17, 2013 in Local News, News

By Journal Staff

Author and professor Jamaica Kincaid kicked off the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s 2013 Authors!Authors! series Thursday, March 28, by delivering a lecture on her writings in the McMaster Center of the Main Branch Library in downtown Toledo.

The author of works such as “Girls,” “My Garden,” and “The Autobiography of My Mother,” Kincaid also is a professor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif.

Before speaking to a group of Toledoans, Kincaid said that the one thing that would bring her the most joy after the event was that people enjoy her writings more than they did before attending.

“If that’s the only thing people leave with after the event, then I’ll be happy,” she said.

When it was time for her to address her audience, Kincaid revealed that she was heavily influenced by the King James Version of the Bible and spent a lot of time reading the dictionary, which was given to her at the age of seven.

Margaret Danziger, deputy director of the library, said that the Authors!Authors! series has a diverse group of writers representing areas such as historians, columnist, fiction and non fiction writers.

During a private reception before her address, Kincaid’s readers had an opportunity to interact and ask her questions about her material.

Millicent Carter said she looked forward to hearing Kincaid talk about her poem “Girl.”

“That poem really caused me to reflect about my personal life,” Carter said. “It was so moving that I recommended it to my mother and daughter.”

Pat Lora stated, “I like her approach to life and her openness.”

After Kincaid’s talk, she answered questions from the audience and autographed her first novel in 10 years, See, Now, Then.