(BRANCHBURG, NJ) — The public is invited to hear a presentation by novelist Sapphire, author of the best-selling novel, Push —which was adapted into the Academy Award-wining film, Precious —Monday, November 20, at 2:30pm, at Raritan Valley Community College. There is no admission charge for the event, which will be held in the Nash Theatre at the College’s Branchburg campus. Sapphire will read from her novels and also will speak on race and social injustice. The program will include a question-and-answer session with the audience. The New York Times bestseller Push —about an illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager—won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction; the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award; and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by The Village Voice as one of the top 25 books of 1996 and by TimeOut New York as one of the top 10 books of 1996. Push was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. In her second novel, The Kid , Sapphire gives voice to Precious’s son, telling the electrifying story of Abdul Jones. Left alone by […]