Virtual: Dawnie Walton with Curtis Sittenfeld, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Porter Square Books is pleased to present a virtual event with Dawnie Walton for her "Spectacular...Firecracker" (Publisher's Weekly) debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev! She will be joined in conversation by Curtis Sittenfeld. This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast.

Register for the event on Crowdcast here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dawnie

A kaleidoscopic fictional oral history of the beloved rock ’n’ roll duo who shot to fame in 1970s New York, and the dark, fraught secret that lies at the peak of their stardom.
Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.

In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.

Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.

Dawnie Walton is a fiction writer and journalist whose work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. She has won fellowships from MacDowell and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Previously she worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn. Visit dawniewalton.com for more information.

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of six novels, including PrepAmerican Wife, Eligible and Rodham, and one story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her books have been selected by The New York TimesTimeEW, and People for their “Ten Best Books of the Year” lists, optioned for television and film, and translated into thirty languages. 

Register for the event on Crowdcast here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dawnie

Event date: 

Monday, April 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Virtual, via Crowdcast
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

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