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July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with “How to Say Babylon” Author Safiya Sinclair and Constance Jones


Books & Books


July 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents…


in conversation with

Constance Jones


How to Say Babylon: A Memoir

(37 Ink, $18.99)

Wednesday, July 24th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Safiya Sinclair discussing her celebrated memoir, How to Say Babylon (37 Ink, $18.99). She will be in conversation with NBC Miami News Anchor Constance Jones

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A New York Times Notable Book

Best Book of the Year for The Washington Post* The New Yorker * Time * The Atlantic * Los Angeles Times * NPR * Harper’s Bazaar * Vulture * Town & Country * San Francisco Chronicle * Christian Science Monitor * Mother Jones * Barack Obama
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick

“Impossible to put down…Each lyrical line sings and soars, freeing the reader as it did the writer.” —People

With echoes of Educated and The Glass Castle, How to Say Babylon is a “lushly observed and keenly reflective chronicle” (The Washington Post), brilliantly recounting the author’s struggle to break free of her rigid religious upbringing and navigate the world on her own terms.

Throughout her childhood, Safiya Sinclair’s father, a volatile reggae musician and a militant adherent to a strict sect of Rastafari, was obsessed with the ever-present threat of the corrupting evils of the Western world outside their home, and worried that womanhood would make Safiya and her sisters morally weak and impure. For him, a woman’s highest virtue was her obedience.

Safiya’s extraordinary mother, though loyal to her father, gave her the one gift she knew would take Safiya beyond the stretch of beach and mountains in Jamaica their family called home: a world of books, knowledge, and education she conjured almost out of thin air. When she introduced Safiya to poetry, Safiya’s voice awakened. As she watched her mother struggle voicelessly for years under relentless domesticity, Safiya’s rebellion against her father’s rules set her on an inevitable collision course with him. Her education became the sharp tool to hone her own poetic voice and carve her path to liberation. Rich in emotion and page-turning drama, How to Say Babylon is “a melodious wave of memories” of a woman finding her own power (NPR).


About the Author:

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK, and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

About the Moderator:

Constance Jones is a two-time Emmy® nominated journalist who currently anchors the station’s weekday morning newscasts, NBC6 News Today at 5am and 6am, alongside NBC6 anchor Kris Anderson, from the station’s Miramar-based studios. Jones has worked in several television markets, including New York City, Miami, Oklahoma City and Atlanta. Jones also worked with veteran news journalist Dan Rather at the CBS Evening News.

Jones was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and by the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists for breaking news coverage of the 2021 Surfside Condo Collapse. Jones has also been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, received an award from the Texas Associated Press for her reporting work, and multiple awards and recognitions from several regional chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for Excellence in News Reporting. She was also featured as Miami’s “Top 40 under 40 Leaders of Tomorrow” in Legacy Magazine.