Natalie Baszile

Spring 2018

Natalie Baszile is the author of the Southern debut novel Queen Sugar, which has been adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014 and nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Natalie also writes nonfiction, which has appeared in Lenny LetterO, The Oprah Magazine, The, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. She has held residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Baszile holds an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.


February 8, 7pm — Reading & Conversation with Selena Anderson, King Library 225

This is a free literary event.





“Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“In Queen Sugar, two bulwarks of American literature—Southern fiction and the transformational journey—are given a fresh take by talented first time novelist Natalie Baszile . . . [the novel] is a sensory experience, a tableau vivant that Baszile skillfully paints in a palette simultaneously subtle and bold. Queen Sugar is a bright and enticing reminder that, sometimes, you can go home.”
O Magazine

“A nuanced evocation of contemporary black life.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Reading this book is inhabiting, briefly, the backbreaking and brutal yet rewarding life that is sugarcane farming…. Queen Sugar is an impressive debut from a talented writer and a fascinating look into the world of the contemporary South.”—Washington Independent Review of Books

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.