Join in a virtual event with Dawnie Walton to discuss “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev.”
BOOK DISCUSSION DETAILS
[In Conversation with Dawn Davis]
April 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Elliott Bay Books
Registration Link: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/event/dawnie-walton-dawn-davis
[In Conversation with Nadia Owusu]
April 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9216153333171/WN_MRq7x6ZlRey0bt5JH9u0BA
[In Conversation with Deesha Philyaw]
April 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Registration Link: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/final-revival-opal-nev-dawnie-walton-conversation-deesha-philyaw
[In Conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld]
April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books
Registration Link: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/virtual-dawnie-walton-curtis-sittenfeld-final-revival-opal-nev
[In Conversation with Robert Jones, Jr.]
April 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Registration Link: https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/opalandnev
About the Author:
Dawnie Walton is a fiction writer and journalist whose work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Previously she worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn.
About the Book:
An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic 1970s rock duo, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite for one last tour.
Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.
In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.
Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.
Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.