Book Event: “The Sweet Flypaper of Life” by Roy DeCarava & Langston Hughes

Sherry Turner DeCarava

speaking on

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

by Roy DeCarava

and

Langston Hughes

This magnificent photographic-literary work was published to great acclaim in 1955. It is a story of people, peril, and promise in Harlem that is unique in the canon of visual literature. Out of print for over 35 years, a new edition has just been published.
In The Sweet Flypaper of Life the reader encounters teenagers around a jukebox, children at an open fire hydrant, people riding the subway alone at night, a party in the neighbor’s apartment… This renowned book created by artist Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes honors in words and photographs what the authors saw, knew and felt deeply about life in Harlem. The work has influenced and inspired several generations of artists.
Sherry Turner DeCarava — art historian, curator, and wife of Roy until his death — will talk about Roy and Langston’s unconventional collaboration and the legacy of the book.
RB spokesperson Andy Zee will join her in conversation.
“The sensitivity of the photographs and the excellent blending of the pictures with the text… Bravo!”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
“I done got my feet caught in the sweet flypaper of life and I’ll be dogged if I want to get loose.”
— Sister Mary Bradley (from Langston Hughes)










When: Fri., January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where: Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. @132nd St
212-691-3345
Price: $5-$10 donation, or pay what you can
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Sherry Turner DeCarava

speaking on

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

by Roy DeCarava

and

Langston Hughes

This magnificent photographic-literary work was published to great acclaim in 1955. It is a story of people, peril, and promise in Harlem that is unique in the canon of visual literature. Out of print for over 35 years, a new edition has just been published.
In The Sweet Flypaper of Life the reader encounters teenagers around a jukebox, children at an open fire hydrant, people riding the subway alone at night, a party in the neighbor’s apartment… This renowned book created by artist Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes honors in words and photographs what the authors saw, knew and felt deeply about life in Harlem. The work has influenced and inspired several generations of artists.
Sherry Turner DeCarava — art historian, curator, and wife of Roy until his death — will talk about Roy and Langston’s unconventional collaboration and the legacy of the book.
RB spokesperson Andy Zee will join her in conversation.
“The sensitivity of the photographs and the excellent blending of the pictures with the text… Bravo!”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
“I done got my feet caught in the sweet flypaper of life and I’ll be dogged if I want to get loose.”
— Sister Mary Bradley (from Langston Hughes)
Buy tickets/get more info now