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Author Trisha Thomas To Speak

Published: February 20, 2017

Trisha Thomas, author of Nappily Ever After and the Nappily series that includes her newest novel and eighth installment in the series, Postcards from Venus, will visit CSULB on Monday, Feb. 27 for an evening of storytelling, discussion, and sharing the road to self-discovery.

Throughout February, CSULB has presented and promoted events and discussions to celebrate Black History Month. To wrap up the month, Student Life Development and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present “An Evening with Award-Winning Author Trisha R. Thomas” in the University Student Union Ballrooms from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Assistant Director for Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Cultural Resource Center Christian Lozano said Thomas’ open discussion will be a good learning opportunity for students of color who are aspiring writers.

“We definitely wanted to highlight the themes of self-image and identity for the month,” said Lozano. “Hearing the experiences, hurdles, and inspirations from a black female author will be beneficial to students.”

Thomas’ Nappily series has garnered national attention from O Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. A film adaptation of the series has also been in the works. The Nappily series follows Venus, a young black woman who after getting rid of her boyfriend and long, straight hair decides to find happiness and independence within herself.

“Black women are always running into these sort of obstacles,” said Thomas. “We have to find a way to fit in, but at the same time find our identity.”

According to Thomas, her favorite venues to speak at are university campuses.

“It’s the norm for me because the series is really about growing up, so I like to reach out to college students,” said Thomas. “I like for them to hear my story and struggles as a black writer, not just a writer.”

Nappily Ever After

Thomas will be reading excerpts from her most recent novel and signing free copies of Postcards from Venus while supplies last. “An Evening with Award-Winning Author Trisha R. Thomas” is free and open to the public.

For more information on Thomas and the Nappily series, click here.