Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis

February 9 2019 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Book Talk and Signing:

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers

Saturday, February 9, 2019

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Award-winning filmmaker and author Bridgett M. Davis will discuss her latest book, The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, an exquisite memoir of her mother who grew up in Detroit who was involved in “The Numbers” business.

Ms. Davis is a Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches creative, film, and narrative writing. A graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she is the director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts and the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral.

The book talk will also feature Dr. Felicia George, a scholar who did her 2015 dissertation on the Detroit Numbers for Wayne State University and who also devoted a chapter to the book. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.


“A remarkable story of a mother….Sharp and unwilling to be hemmed in by the dual restrictions of race and gender, she did what it took to raise a family and to uplift a community….This is not a story about capitalizing on degeneracy. It is one of hope and hustling in a world where to have the former almost demanded the latter. This outstanding book is a tribute to one woman but will surely speak to the experiences of many.”

Kirkus, starred review