SALEM, Va. — Dr. Lisa Brevard, recipient of Roanoke College’s Hurricane Relief Fellowship, will read from her reconstructed novel Sugar Free on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in Roanoke College’s Colket Center, Pickle Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The book’s entire manuscript was lost to Hurricane Katrina and one of Brevard’s major goals during her time at Roanoke has been to reconstruct it. Sugar Free, which is the name of both the book and its protagonist addresses several themes recaptured in its rewrite, including connections between the living and the ancestors, the Free family tree, the French Quarter, Creole and Cajun voices, the jazz and cafe culture of New Orleans, and the nature and neighborhood of Lakeview, New Orleans. Brevard plans to complete the reconstruction of the novel during the summer of 2006.
Roanoke College welcomed Brevard in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the recipient of the D. L. Jordan endowment Hurricane Relief Fellowship. Brevard had been the director of women’s studies and associate professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. She remains at Roanoke College this semester, serving as a visiting associate professor of English. She has published a book entitled Womansaints: The Saintly Portrayal of Select African-American and Latina Cultural Heroines as well as biographies of African-American activists. She is also an accomplished poet and musician. Dr. Brevard lived within a mile of one of the ruptured levees, and her home and almost all of her possessions were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.