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I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying--An evening with Bassey Ikpi and Denene Millner

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Charis Circle and the ArtsXChange for a special event in celebration of Bassey Ikpi's memoir, I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying. Bassey will be in conversation with Atlanta author and publisher Denene Millner.

About the book: In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and normalcy as Bassey bares her own truths and lies for us all to behold with radical honesty and brutal intimacy.

From her early childhood in Nigeria through her adolescence in Oklahoma, Bassey Ikpi lived with a tumult of emotions, cycling between extreme euphoria and deep depression—sometimes within the course of a single day. By the time she was in her early twenties, Bassey was a spoken word artist and traveling with HBO's Def Poetry Jam, channeling her life into art. But beneath the façade of the confident performer, Bassey's mental health was in a precipitous decline, culminating in a breakdown that resulted in hospitalization and a diagnosis of Bipolar II.

In I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying, Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own. Exploring shame, confusion, medication, and family in the process, Bassey looks at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives—how we appear to others, and more importantly to ourselves—and challenges our preconception about what it means to be "normal."  Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie.

This event is free and open to the public. Books are for sale from Charis Books and More. Pre-order your book today. 

The ArtsXChange is located at 214 Newnan St. East Point, GA 30344

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2148 Newnan Street
East Point, GA 30344
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