Speaker Series: Jonathan O'Dell

Jonathan Odell is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, speaker and memoirist. His work appears in anthologies, national periodicals, newspapers, and a soon to be published volume of essays about growing up in Mississippi. He has also done extensive work in organizations in the area of racial inclusion.
Jonathan now makes his home in Minnesota, but stays long enough each year with his Mississippi family to keep his citizenship papers up to date. 

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the  story of two mothers, Hazel and Vida, in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, the author's home state. In the beginning these women have little in common except for a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Like Jonathan's other novels, this is a tale of unlikely of friendships in unlikely times, told from the heart.