Launch Party – Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit by Colby Cedar Smith- Free and open to the public!
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You’re invited to join the Arts Council of Princeton and Labyrinth Books for a Launch Party for Colby Cedar Smith’s Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit, the novel in verse debut from the Hopewell-based author and ACP creative writing instructor. Labyrinth will be on site at the event with copies of Call Me Athena available for sale.
Free registration is available here!
Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit is a beautifully written novel in verse loosely based on Cedar Smith’s paternal grandmother. The story follows Mary as the American-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930s, creating a historically accurate portrayal of life as an immigrant during the Great Depression, hunger strikes, and violent riots.
Mary lives in a tiny apartment with her immigrant parents, her brothers, and her twin sister, and she questions why her parents ever came to America. She yearns for true love, to own her own business, and to be an independent, modern American woman — much to the chagrin of her parents, who want her to be a “good Greek girl.”
Mary’s story is peppered with flashbacks to her parents’ childhoods in Greece and northern France; their stories connect with Mary as they address issues of arranged marriage, learning about independence, and yearning to grow beyond one’s own culture. Though Call Me Athena is written from the perspective of three profoundly different narrators, it has a wide-reaching message: It takes courage to fight for tradition and heritage, as well as freedom, love, and equality.