An Evening with Ashley C. Ford

An Evening with Ashley C. Ford

Oct 27

Le Mans Hall, Stapleton Lounge
Thursday, Oct. 27 6:00 PM Register

Ashley C FordThe English Department's Visiting Writers Series at Saint Mary's College
is thrilled to present an evening with Ashley C. Ford

Ford will read from her New York Times bestselling memoir Somebody's Daughter.
A short Q & A will follow the reading.



This event is being generously co-sponsored by Gender & Women's Studies, the History Department, Justice Studies, Campus Events, CWIL, BAVO, the Office for the Common Good, the Center for Spirituality, the Sociology Department, Religious Studies and Theology, and the Division for Inclusion and Equity.

About Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter book coverThrough poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley C. Ford wishes she could turn to her father for hope and encouragement. There are just a few problems: he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know what he did to end up there. She doesn’t know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates. When the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley desperately searches for meaning in the chaos. Then, her grandmother reveals the truth about her father’s incarceration . . . and Ashley’s entire world is turned upside down.

Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.

“This is a book people will be talking about forever.” —Glennon Doyle, #1 The New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

“Ford’s wrenchingly brilliant memoir is truly a classic in the making. The writing is so richly observed and so suffused with love and yearning that I kept forgetting to breathe while reading it.” —John Green, #1 The New York Times bestselling author

About Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford’s The New York Times best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, was published by Flatiron Books in June 2021. Ford is the former host of "The Chronicles of Now" podcast, co-host of The HBO companion podcast "Lovecraft Country Radio". She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy.

Ford has written or guest-edited for ELLE Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Domino, Cup of Jo, and various other web and print publications.

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