THE READING # 8: Jennifer Neal / July 4, 2023

The Berlin Book Launch of NOTES ON HER COLOUR by Jennifer Neal


Notes on her Colour book cover



On July 4th, The Reading in collaboration with Daddy Magazine present the launch of One of Electric Literature’s Books by Women of Color to Read This Year!

Florida kitsch swirls together with magical realism in this glittering debut novel about a young Black and Indigenous woman who learns to change the color of her skin

“A haunting coming-of-age story, a melodic love letter to the language of music and a fierce, dark, rage-filled upbraiding of patriarchal violence . . . A fascinating commentary on race, power, invisibility and desire.” —Laura Sackton, BookPage

“This novel sparkles with rich, lyrical, sensuous prose. It portrays dysfunctional family relationships, cleverly revealing their complexity and contradictions as the story unfolds. It is moving and desperately sad at times, yet not without hope. An original novel that will stay with me long after reading.” —Jacqueline Roy, author of The Gosling Girl

Jennifer Neal will be in conversation with Jessica J. Lee (award-winning author of “Two Trees Make a Forest” and “Turning”), about her new spellbinding coming of age novel, Notes on her Color. The night will start with readings and conversation, followed by a Q&A.

Where: Lettretage (Veteranenstrasse 21)

Doors open at 19:00 and readings will start at around 19:30.

Copies of the book will be available for 25 euros, courtesy of St. George’s

Jennifer Neal Side HeadshotJennifer is an American-Australian author, artist, and occasional stand-up comedian. She is a graduate of The Florida State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has written for NPR, Playboy, Gay Magazine, The Cut, The Root, and many other publications. She is a MacDowell Fellow and a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist. She lives in Berlin (for now) where she works as a freelance producer and translator.



Headshot of Jessica LeeJessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author, environmental historian, and winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the Banff Mountain Book Award, and the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two books of nature writing, Turning and Two Trees Make a Forest, and co-editor of the essay collection Dog Hearted. She has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and was Writer-in-Residence at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and teaches creative writing at the University of Cambridge.

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