Debut author Kiley Reid is scoring rave reviews for Such a Fun Age, a comedy of manners about a black babysitter who’s stopped by supermarket security for having a white child. The kid’s parents, a lifestyle guru and a local news anchor, have plenty of their own hangups about race, class, and wealth. The Guardian calls the book “the calling card of a virtuoso talent,” predicting Reid is the next Sally Rooney. She’s reading at this month’s Cardigan Connection, along with historian Richard J. King (Ahab’s Rolling Sea), novelist Caroline Zancan (We Wish You Luck), poet/memoirist E.J. Koh (The Magical Language of Others), and tech industry refugee Anna Weiner (Uncanny Valley).
The reading is free, but Cardigan Connection is collecting cold weather items: hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, coats etc for children and families of E-Cubed Academy in Providence.