Imagining Zora Neale Hurston as a Girl Detective

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Zora and Me” fictionalizes the childhood of the Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. (Hurston was born in 1891, lived through the Jim Crow south, and died in 1960.) The young adult novel is the first in a planned trilogy which imagines Hurston as a girl detective in her all-black hometown of Eatonville, Florida, at the start of the 20th century.

Victoria Bond and Tanya Simon, close friends, co-authors, and passionate Zora Neale Hurston fans, explain what motivated them to write a fictional coming-of-age story about a literary figure they love.