I got excited to see that Karyn Parsons was reading locally, and then I paused. Wait, why do I know the name Karyn Parsons? Eventually I gave in to Google and—of course!—it’s ditzy cousin Hillary on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the intervening quarter century since that show was on, Parsons has kept busy with a non-profit animation studio that teaches kids about black history. Now she’s got a debut novel, also for kids (it’s recommended for ages 8-12), about experiencing the Jim Crow south as an 11-year old. Based loosely on Parsons’ own mother, Ella is a light-skinned biracial child in 1940s South Carolina who’s raised by her grandparents while her mom tries to be a jazz singer in Boston. Reviews are great, drawing comparisons to One Crazy Summer and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.