Kiese Laymon, Joan Morgan, and Regina Bradley: Love, Land, and Language

Event date: 
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Charis for a wide ranging conversation moderated by Regina Bradley celebrating new works by two of our very favorite authors, Kiese Laymon and Joan Morgan. Kiese Laymon joins us to discuss his beautiful and powerful new book, Heavy: An American Memoir. In Heavy, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. If you were wowed by How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Long Division, you will be transformed by Heavy: An American Memoir. Joan Morgan blew us away with When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost almost 20 years ago and she's back in fine form in a perfect marriage of heartfelt insights and scholarly analysis with her new book: She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event and the suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Seating is first come, first served but we ask that folks also prioritize elders and those who are not able to stand for the duration of the event. 

About Kiese Laymon: Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017.  Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir.

About Joan Morgan: A pioneering hip-hop journalist and award-winning feminist author, Joan Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999 with the publication of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, which is now used at colleges across the country. Her newest book is She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Morgan has taught at Duke University, Stanford University, and The New School. 

About Regina Bradley: Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and is the Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences renderings of the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Bradley is also editing a collection of essays about OutKast for UGA Press. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was published in April 2017.

Prefer to listen to the audiobook? Download HEAVY to your phone now: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781508265818

 

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1189 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

*Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist*

In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer.


Heavy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781501125690
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932841770
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Published: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American writing. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of his essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in Mississippi.


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ISBN: 9781932841725
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Published: Agate Bolden - June 11th, 2013

Kiese Laymon's debut novel is a Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi, written in a voice that's alternately funny, lacerating, and wise. The book contains two interwoven stories.


She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9781501195259
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Published: Atria / 37 INK - August 7th, 2018

Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with this eye-opening and moving exploration of Lauryn Hill and her remarkable artistic legacy.

Released in 1998, Lauryn Hill’s first solo album is often cited by music critics as one of the most important recordings in modern history.


When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684868615
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2000

“Morgan has given an entire generation of black feminists space and language to center their pleasures alongside their politics.” —Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness

“All that and then some, Chickenheads informs and educates, confronts and charms, raises the bar high by getting down low, and, to steal


Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South (Black Studies and Critical Thinking #102) Cover Image
$49.45
ISBN: 9781433133039
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Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - April 27th, 2017

Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post-Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.