Stephanie Watts Powell - Meet the Author

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Inaugural selection by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central Read More

Named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, Bustle, The Millions, Babble, Redbook, Elle, Nylon and The Chicago Review of Books

Stephanie Powell Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need (2012), also named one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads by O: The Oprah Magazine. Her short fiction has been included in two volumes of the Best New Stories from the South anthology and honored with a Pushcart Prize.

Ms. Powell Watts’s stories explore the lives of African Americans in fast food and factory jobs, working door to door as Jehovah’s Witness ministers, and pressing against the boundaries of the small town, post-integration South. Her debut novel, titled No One Is Coming to Save Us, follows the return of a successful native son to his home in North Carolina and his attempt to join the only family he ever wanted but never had. As Ms. Powell Watts describes it, “Imagine The Great Gatsby set in rural North Carolina, nine decades later, with desperate black people.”

Born in the foothills of North Carolina, with a PhD from the University of Missouri and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she now lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she is an associate professor at Lehigh University.


TICKETS - Your purchase of either of her books, is your ticket to the event. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

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244 Main St.
Emmaus, PA 18049
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY The Washington Post - Refinery29 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Bookpage

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017 BY Entertainment Weekly - Nylon - Elle - Redbook - W Magazine The Chicago Review of Books

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Whiting Award in Fiction
Winner, Ernest J. Gaines Award
Finalist, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
Finalist, Chautauqua Prize
Finalist, John Gardner Fiction Prize
Finalist, ForeWord Book of the Year, stories
Finalist, Best Books, stories
Recommended, New Yorker
Best books of the year, O Magazine

In these powerfully rendered, prizewinning stories, working-class African Americans across the South strive for meaning and search for direction in lives shaped by forces beyond their control