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Kim McLarin

October 19, Copley Square
Kim McLarin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, as well as the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, and Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Jump at the Sun was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The novel was also nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book. McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Slate, The Root, and other publications. She is a former staff writer for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Greensboro News & Record, and the Associated Press. McLarin teaches at Emerson College; previously she taught at Northeastern University and Fairfield University. McLarin appears regularly on the Emmy Award– winning show Basic Black, Boston's long-running television program devoted to African American themes, which airs weekly on WGBH-TV. She is a member of the board of PEN New England and Boston Day and Evening Academy. McLarin’s latest book is an essay collection titled Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life, which Kirkus Reviews praised as "bold, well-crafted essays on living, loving, and striving while black."