Darnell Moore & Alexander Chee in conversation with Rinaldo Walcott
October 2nd 2018 at 7:00 PM
Doors at 6:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen St. W
Entrance and bathroom are wheelchair accessible
This is a dual book launch for Darnell Moore, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America and Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.
Co-sponsored by Another Story Bookshop, Women and Gender Studies Institute, and Sexual Diversity Studies.
Darnell Moore was one of the original Black Lives Matter organizers and is currently a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University. In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100 and Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers. “No Ashes in the Fire is part memoir, part social commentary. Darnell honestly tells his story with an intensity and passion that offers readers a deep understanding of a gay black male coming of age who open-heartedly claims his identity, and who embraces redemptive suffering. Ultimately, he reaches out to everyone with an inclusive love.”―bell hooks
Alexander Chee is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, and author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh, which was was awarded the Asian-American Writers Workshop Literary Award and the Lambda Editors’ Choice Prize. In How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of non-fiction, Chee tracks his life from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. “If writing is a form of drag for Chee, it is also an act of mystic invocation and transference.”—New York Times Book Review