Remembering 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

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Remembering 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

Their Eyes Were Watching GodIt's been 75 years since Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Despite her work in anthropology, folklore and literature, Hurston died in relative obscurity. Author Alice Walker helped revive interest in the writer's life and work after publishing an article in Ms. titled "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston." Walker's discovery of Hurston and her contributions to literature and anthropology -- as well as her quest to buy a tombstone for Hurston's grave -- are also detailed in essays in In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Zora Neale HurstonIn honor of Hurston, her journey and the 75th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Eatonville restaurant is hosting a Food and Folklore dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The Harlem Renaissance-styled dinner party will include music, reading and remembrances and special guest Alice Walker.  Singer Tamara Wellons of "Songs for Janie" will also be in attendance, along with the DC Public Library Foundation.

Reservations are required. To buy tickets and get more details on the Florida-inspired menu, head over to the Food and Folklore events page