Save the Date: April 8!
CAALS 2022 welcomes Brit Bennett



The Marygrove Conservancy is excited to announce 

that the novelist and essayist Brit Bennett will be the 

thirty-third guest author in the Contemporary 

American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS). She will 

deliver the Bauder Lecture at Marygrove at 8 pm on

April 8, 2022.

Bennett is the author of two novels, The Mothers

and the New York Times bestseller The Vanishing 

Half, one of the most-read books of the last year. 

Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Oxford 

American, The Paris Review, Vogue, and Jezebel.  A native of California, she received an MFA from 

the University of Michigan.

Publishers Weekly calls The Mothers a "brilliant, tumultuous debut novel.”  Kirkus says that The Vanishing Half is “a tour de force,” “assured and magnetic. . . expertly paced,” and adds, “Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism…. It calls up Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the book’s 50-year-old antecedent…. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her social commentary crisp… in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.” 

See Brit Bennett interviewed on The Daily Show and Good Morning America.


Don’t forget to mark April 8, 2022 on your calendar!

For more information, contact Frank Rashid:

The Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

Now in its thirty-second year, the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series is an annual event bringing a nationally known African American author to our campus for a public lecture and class session or conversation. Through the generous support of corporate donors, foundations, advertisers, friends, Marygrove College alumni and Board of Trustees members, and the Lillian and Donald Bauder Endowment, the series has remained free and accessible to the entire metropolitan Detroit community. To date, nearly 10,000 people have attended the Friday night public readings to hear outstanding writers share their work. 

The Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series and Defining Detroit, a program of the Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove, have brought to Detroit audiences the recipients of eleven MacArthur “Genius” Grants, nine National Book Awards, eight Guggenheim Fellowships, six Pulitzer Prizes, five Pushcart Prizes, three Emmy Awards, and one Man Booker Prize. In addition, the two series have welcomed three U.S. Poets Laureate and one Presidential Inaugural Poet.