Wednesday, Feb. 4, marked the 102nd birthday of Rosa Parks and the release of novelist Jonathan Odell’s Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. It’s perfect timing for a work exploring the eventual bond of two distraught women, one black and one white, living and working together in pre-civil rights Mississippi. “Each woman spends her days feeling suppressed by the other, until they learn to recognize each other’s pain,” says a press release for the work. “Hazel and Vida fully explore the complexities of a bond that begins in hostility and evolves into an unshakable friendship.” Odell, a Mississippi native and former civil rights activist, will read from and sign copies of his book at Malaprop’s on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Free. malaprops.com. Photo of Odell by Jim Kuether
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