Author Series: Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts’ debut novel No One Is Coming to Save Us was the inaugural selection by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central. The story is a powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. It was named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Review of Books. Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2012 for her book We are Taking Only what We Need a collection of 11 stories which chronicles the lives of African-Americans in North Carolina. Her short fiction has been honored with a Pushcart Prize. For more information about the Author Series please visit or call 352-334-3900.