Book Talk

Premiere DateMay 9, 2015
00:00 Book Talk Intro DJ Kory
04:23 "Fight" Mavis Staples
07:14 Interview with Angela Flournoy Part 1
17:53 "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" Mavis Staples
20:59 Interview with Angela Flournoy Part 2
36:53 "Wish I Had Answered" Mavis Staples
39:33 Book Talk Outro DJ Kory
40:35 "Your Good Fortune" Mavis Staples
45:00 Finish

Angela Flournoy – The Turner House

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, the loss of a father.

The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunt—and shape—their family’s future.

The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

Mavis Staples Upcoming Events:
June 11 – Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, ME

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…