Author of An Extraordinary Life to speak at Westfield Memorial Library

On Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m., the author of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones will speak at the Westfield Memorial Library The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Author Wendy Jones wrote An Extraordinary Life to tell the story of her mother, Josephine E. Jones. After moving to New York from South Carolina in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes, Jones became a Harlem activist and, in the 1960s, the first black supervisor at a Fortune 500 company.

She said, “An Extraordinary Life is an American story, a Great Migration story, a New York story, a black family’s story, a mother-daughter story, and the story of a woman’s fight for creativity in the workplace.”

Wendy Jones is an author, playwright, and the writer-publisher of Ida Bell Publishing, LLC. Named after Ida B. Wells, the writer and social activist, the company will publish the work of people of color, new immigrants, all women, and other outsiders.

Her first play, In Pursuit of Justice: A One-Woman Play about Ida B. Wells, won four AUDELCO Awards (Audience Development Committee, Inc., which recognizes and honors Black Theatre and artists in New York City).

Her writing has appeared in two anthologies: Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience and The Point: Where Teaching and Writing Intersect. She is the fiction editor of theravensperch.com.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 40+ libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

Contact Information
  1. Jen Schulze
  2. 908 789.4090
  3. jschulze@wmlnj.org
Sat, February 16
2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
Add to My Calendar 02/16/2019 2:00pm 02/16/2019 3:30pm America/New_York Author of An Extraordinary Life to speak at Westfield Memorial Library

On Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m., the author of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones will speak at the Westfield Memorial Library The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Author Wendy Jones wrote An Extraordinary Life to tell the story of her mother, Josephine E. Jones. After moving to New York from South Carolina in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes, Jones became a ...

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