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Vanessa Riley - Sister Mother Warrior
Wednesday, July 13

Special Event Offer

Wednesday July 13th at 7pm Vanessa Riley will be speaking and at Gwinnett Public Library at the Norcross Branch. No registration is necessary.

Thursday July 14th at 7pm Vanessa Riley will be in conversation with Nicki Salcedo with Georgia Center For The Book at Decatur Library.  You can register for the event here.

Eagle Eye will be at the events selling the books or you can purchase them here.

Join us for an evening with acclaimed author of Island Queen Vanessa Riley, in conversation with Atlanta author and journalist Nicki Salcedo. With her new book Sister Mother Warrior, Riley brings readers a vivid, sweeping novel of the Haitian Revolution based on the true-life stories of two extraordinary women: the first Empress of Haiti, Marie-Claire Bonheur, and Gran Toya, a West African-born warrior who helped lead the rebellion that drove out the French and freed the enslaved people of Haiti. Both events will be in person and free to the public

About Sister Mother Warrior:

Gran Toya: Born in West Africa, Abdaraya Toya was one of the legendary minos—women called “Dahomeyan Amazons” by the Europeans—who were specially chosen female warriors consecrated to the King of Dahomey. Betrayed by an enemy, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, Toya wound up in the French colony of Saint Domingue, where she became a force to be reckoned with on its sugar plantations: a healer and an authority figure among the enslaved. Among the motherless children she helped raise was a man who would become the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines. When the enslaved people rose up, Toya, ever the warrior, was at the forefront of the rebellion that changed the course of history.

Event Location

Multiple Locations

Sister Mother Warrior (Hardcover )

  • By Vanessa Riley
  • Price: $27.99
  • ISBN: 9780063073548
  • Published: William Morrow & Company