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Publisher celebrates Zora Neale Hurston's birthday with free audiobook

Ruby Dee narrates the audiobook

Ruby Dee narrates the audiobook "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Credit: Amistad

Legendary writer Zora Neale Hurston, who chronicled the racial struggles of the Black community in her novels, short stories, essays and plays, would have been 130 years old on Thursday.

In honor of her birthday, Amistad — the African-American imprint of HarperCollins — is giving away free audiobook downloads of Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Arguably Hurston's most famous novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" follows the plight of a young Black woman who recalls her experiences as she grows from a young girl to an independent spirit. The audiobook is narrated by actress Ruby Dee.

Those interested in a getting the audiobook of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" can go to celebratingzora.com starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The giveaway runs for 24 hours.

The event follows Amistad's release on Tuesday of "Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick; Stories From the Harlem Renaissance," a collection of short stories by Hurston.

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