• IRL AUTHOR TALK: Time's Undoing with Cheryl A. Head & Jennifer Maritza McCauley-March 9 at 6:30 PM

IRL AUTHOR TALK: Time's Undoing with Cheryl A. Head & Jennifer Maritza McCauley-March 9 at 6:30 PM

Come out and celebrate the release of Time's Undoing with author, Cheryl A. Head. 


When: March 9 at 6:30 PM CST

Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden(2304 Stuart Street, Houston, Texas 77004)

How: RSVP for free or with book to support the author and bookstore. 

About the Book

A searing and tender novel about a young Black journalist’s search for answers in the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather in segregated Birmingham, Alabama decades ago – inspired by the author’s own family history.

Birmingham, 1929: Robert Lee Harrington, a master carpenter, has just moved to Alabama to pursue a job opportunity, bringing along his pregnant wife and young daughter. Birmingham is in its heyday, known as the “Magic City” for its booming steel industry, and while Robert and his family find much to enjoy in the city’s busy markets and vibrant night life – it’s also a stronghold for the Klan. And with his beautiful, light-skinned wife and snazzy car, Robert begins to worry that he might be drawing the wrong kind of attention. 

2019: Meghan Mackenzie, the youngest reporter at the Detroit Free Press, has grown up hearing family lore about her great-grandfather’s murder—but no one knows the full story of what really happened back then, and his body was never found. Determined to find answers to her family’s long-buried tragedy, and spurred by the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Meghan travels to Birmingham. But as her investigation begins to uncover dark secrets that spider across both the city and time, her life may be in danger.  

Inspired by true events, Time’s Undoing is both a passionate tale of one woman’s quest for the truth behind the racially motivated trauma that has haunted her family for generations, and, as newfound friends and supporters in Birmingham rally around Meghan’s search, the uplifting story of a community coming together to fight for change.

About the Author 

Cheryl A. Head is a writer, television producer, filmmaker, broadcast executive and media funder. When not writing fiction, Head consults on a wide range of diversity issues. She is a Senior Associate at Livingston Associates, a member of Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and a member of the Bouchercon Board of Directors. 

About the Conversation Partner

Jennifer Maritza McCauley is a writer, poet, and university professor. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio, CantoMundo and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MFA from Florida International University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Missouri. The author of the cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF, she is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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