MHS: The New Annotated African American Folktales


Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Image of book coverThere will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University, and Maria Tatar, Harvard University

$10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)


This new publication presents nearly 150 African American stories, among them familiar Brer Rabbit classics, but also stories like “The Talking Skull” and “Witches Who Ride,” as well as out-of-print tales from the 1890s’ Southern Workman. Arguing for the value of these stories as part of a sophisticated, complex, and heterogeneous cultural heritage, Gates and Tatar show how these stories deserve a place alongside the classic works of African American literature and American literature more broadly.